Vince Carter -- who can opt out of his contract after the season -- clearly did not sound like a man looking for a change of scenery. His agent has been actively pursuing an extension though substantive talks may not take place until after the season. -- Newark Star-Ledger

For three seasons Josh Smith has shown vulgar disrespect for Hawks coach Mike Woodson, his assistants and a teammate or two. Yet, for the most part, his boorish behavior has been unchecked. Last year, Smith's belligerence got so out of hand Zaza Pachulia pinned him to the Hawks' locker room wall after a game. -- New York Times

Rockets guard Bonzi Wells, after struggling through two games since returning from the inactive list, did not join the team for Monday's game against Seattle, leaving only a message with athletic trainer Keith Jones. -- Houston Chronicle

Kevin Garnett was frustrated after he played 32 minutes, his third fewest of the season, in a two-point loss to the Hornets on Saturday night. Coach Randy Wittman and Garnett talked, and they said they're on the same page. And although they feel in sync now, it's clear Garnett still believes he can help most on the court. -- St. Paul Pioneer Press

Chris Webber told The Post last night he could see himself retiring if he wins his first NBA title with the Pistons this June. If he doesn't retire, Webber likely will give the Knicks another chance since he again becomes a free agent, according to a source close to C-Webb. -- New York Post

Heat coach Pat Riley said he wouldn't necessarily bar James Posey from the team after his arrest by Miami Beach police early Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Warriors' run to a playoff berth has coincided with Al Harrington being moved to center, the role coach Don Nelson previously envisioned for Troy Murphy. Odd man out is Andris Biedrins. -- Chicago Tribune

Robert Traylor, perhaps best known for being traded on draft day in 1998 for Dirk Nowitzki, could be headed to prison in Michigan for helping a cousin launder drug money. Traylor has been allowed to play basketball in Spain as he awaits sentencing, which has not been scheduled. -- Chicago Tribune

According to a story in yesterday's Boston Herald, the Celtics were ready to offer Doc Rivers an extension following the season, but according to a team source, no such decision has been reached, nor will one be until Danny Ainge and Rivers have a chance to sit down after the season. -- Boston Globe

The U.S. might walk to an Olympic berth this summer as Manu Ginobili and Fabricio Oberto are talking about not playing for Argentina in the Tournament of the Americas, scheduled Aug. 21-Sept. 2 in Las Vegas. -- Chicago Tribune

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