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Benjamin Hochman, Denver Post: "George Karl hasn't been told definitively that the Nuggets will or won't trade all-star Carmelo Anthony(notes), but he's concerned about uncertainties surrounding the organization. Or, as the coach said, 'What has happened in the last couple weeks with the decision about Mark (Warkentien) and Rex (Chapman) and now Melo, whatever it is.' Warkentien and Chapman, de facto general managers, did not have their contracts renewed; Karl was especially close to Warkentien. Also, the longer Melo waits to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension that has been on the table for two months, the more speculation builds that he wants out. Two league sources said Wednesday that Nuggets management has talked about whether the team should at some point pursue a trade if Melo won't sign the extension but has not made a definitive decision either way. The sources also said Denver has not had trade discussions with any team. Melo said last weekend he's taking his time to see what happens with the organization before making a decision."

Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports: "Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez(notes) wants to return to Europe and no longer has interest in being traded to another NBA team, his agent said Wednesday. Fernandez has been unhappy with his limited role with the Blazers and had his agent Andy Miller request a trade from the franchise three months ago. Miller said about 15 teams have expressed interest in the Spanish guard, most notably the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, but talks have slowed because the Blazers have asked for too much in return. Now, Miller said Fernandez is 'homesick' and no longer has any interest in playing in the NBA. 'He has indicated he would like to return to Europe to continue his basketball career,' Miller told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. 'He is more comfortable in Europe. He'd rather be in Europe than the NBA. He understands the circumstances in which he wouldn't be coming back. I don't see any scenario in which he'd want to be back.'"

Dave D'Alessandro, New Jersey Star-Ledger: "He has an answer for everything. Maybe they are the prefabricated and sanitized answers that come automatically after nine sobering seasons in the NBA, but it's probably more than that in Troy Murphy's(notes) case. They are the reactions of a guy who senses he is about to experience a rebirth - and ready for anything. 'It's not just because I'm from Jersey, but I couldn't understand when all these free agents were looking for places to go that so many of them overlooked the Nets,' the Nets' new power forward said. 'Really, look at it ... objectively: Besides a great young center and an All-Star point guard, all the pieces are in place for this to be a very good team very quickly once we develop some chemistry. And by that I mean a playoff team.'"

Jeff Caplan, ESPN: "Five days removed from successful surgery in which he had a pin inserted in his broken left foot, Dallas Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois is recovering in Dallas and getting along in a walking boot. It's certainly not what he envisioned. Beaubois was supposed to have taken on Team USA last Sunday at Madison Square Garden as the starting point guard of the French national team. The French-speaking native of Guadeloupe was to continue to hone his leadership skills at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey beginning in 10 days. Instead, he'll have to settle for watching on TV. 'I talked to him today,' Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. 'He's walking around in a boot and kind of getting used to it. He knows it's going to be a long haul.' The Mavs have stated that Beaubois will miss two to three months. They are not putting a timetable on his step-by-step recovery process in terms of when he'll begin conditioning workouts, then basketball activities, etc. 'We don't want to put a time table out there. It heals when it heals,' Nelson said. 'I think we've gone through the normal allotment of time for this type of injury. We are going to take the conservative approach.'"

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Chris Sheridan, ESPN: "Stephen Curry did not practice with Team USA Thursday after spraining his left ankle a day earlier, an injury that looked bad when it happened but was later described as relatively minor. He is listed as day-to-day, a USA basketball spokesman said. Curry landed on a teammate's foot during a scrimmage and immediately went down, and those who witnessed it said the injury initially appeared serious. But the team's athletic trainers later told the coaching staff there was no structural damage to the ankle. The United States plays Lithuania on Saturday in its first exhibition game this summer outside of the United States."

Doug Whitely, Fon Du Lac Reporter: "Fond du Lac native Travis Diener(notes) has a new basketball home for the 2010-11 season, and it will be a bit more picturesque than where it started last season in Indianapolis. After playing for three different NBA teams, Diener recently decided to take his game to Italy. He will play this season for Dinamo Sassari, based on the island of Sardinia. 'From everything I've heard, it's a first-class organization,' Diener said Monday night. 'The city itself, it's on an island, and it's absolutely beautiful. I'm looking forward to going over there.'"

Janis Carr, Orange County Register: "Earvin 'Magic' Johnson longs to run a front office. Owning a small percentage of the Lakers apparently is not enough and since Jerry Buss is grooming his son, Jim, to run the Lakers, the former Laker great is exploring other options. Such as the Detroit Pistons. Which means leaving the Lakers, the organization that put a bronze statue outside Staples Center. 'I'll still be a Laker forever,' Johnson told NBA.com. 'If there's a chance for me to go run a team, if I felt that's what I wanted to do, would I take it? Yeah, if the right situation came. I know one day that's going probably happen. I love being with Dr. Buss and the Buss family and working with them, but I know one day something is going to happen. I can definitely see me not being with the Lakers, yeah.' Johnson reportedly expressed interest in being a part owner and front-office worker for the Detroit Pistons, which would mark a return to his home state. Johnson grew up in Lansing, Mich., and played at Michigan State."

Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee: "The Maloof family's Las Vegas casino has struggled to the point that a minority investment partner estimates the property is worthless. The estimate suggests the Palms Casino Resort, owned by the same family that owns the Kings, has suffered a striking decline in value. But George Maloof Jr., who runs the Palms, called the estimate inaccurate and said the casino is doing better these days. A gambling industry consultant in Las Vegas also said the Palms isn't worthless. But he said the new estimate, made this week by minority owner Station Casinos Inc., does reflect a genuine slump in profitability in the weak economy. The Palms 'is definitely not worth nothing,' said the consultant, Bill Lerner of Union Gaming Group. The Palms and the Kings are the twin pillars of the Maloofs' business empire, and the family has deftly cross- marketed the two. But they are separate companies, and family members say the fortunes of one don't affect the other."

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