Word on the street is Michael Jordan in Charlotte, one of the few clubs with money to burn, has the hots for Vince Carter. -- Denver Post

The Lakers are compiling the usual video evidence to try to convince the NBA that Kobe Bryant has the same motion almost every time he shoots, whether he's guarded or not. The bigger issue is that the league will likely view Bryant as a recidivist if there are future incidents, and come down on him even harder the next time. -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Jamal Crawford's surgically repaired ankle may have cost James Dolan close to $20 million. The Knicks and Steve Francis were working on a buyout early last week, but according to a Knicks source, those plans changed dramatically when Crawford was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right ankle. -- Newsday

At this rate, Jamal Crawford will be back sooner than David Lee. In what is fast becoming an alarming situation, the Knicks' second-year forward sounded as if it would take more than a week before he will return. -- New York Post

In that next season is the last on his contract, coach Doc Rivers has stated that he'll talk to the Celtics about an extension this summer. While he didn't state flat-out that he'd leave rather than stay on as a lame duck, it's fair to believe he doesn't want to be in that situation. -- Boston Herald

Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson will almost certainly opt out of his contract after this season and explore free agency, a source close to the player said yesterday. At the same time, Stevenson knows he wants to be in the District next season. -- Washington Times

The limitations of the marketplace and salary escalation over the last 10 years make Portland and every other small market a losing proposition. Check out Milwaukee, Memphis, Charlotte and Sacramento, to name a few. Local television revenue is not sufficient when added to the other revenue streams to pay the bills. -- New York Post

Richard Jefferson went through the Nets' practice yesterday, working in halfcourt sets with some shooting. He ran the stairs and lifted weights. Jefferson is listed as "out" for tonight against the Rockets but could see live action tomorrow in San Antonio. -- New York Post

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