Nuggets exercise option on Carmelo Anthony

Denver Nuggets: Not surprisingly, Denver elected to pick up their option on Carmelo Anthony.

The Nuggets announced they have exercised their
fourth-year option on the rising star forward for the 2006-07

Denver will have to pay Anthony just over $4.69 million for his
fourth season. He will make just over $3.71 million for the
forthcoming season.

The third overall pick in the 2003 draft, Anthony has averaged
20.9 points and 5.9 rebounds over his first two seasons and was
the runner-up to Cleveland's LeBron James in the Rookie of the
Year balloting in 2003-04.

Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks apparently believe T.J. Ford is completely recovered from a scary injury.

The Bucks on Friday exercised their fourth-year option on the
guard, who suffered a spinal cord bruise late in his rookie
2003-04 season that caused him to miss all of last campaign.

Ford, who is to earn just over $2.3 million this season, will
receive slightly less than $2.93 million for the 2006-07 season.

The 22-year-old Ford, who underwent cervical spine surgery in
May 2004 and was given clearance to resume playing just four
months ago, has averaged 14.8 points and 5.8 assists in six
preseason games.

New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets waived forward
George Lynch, a team spokesman said.

Lynch averaged 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 248 games with the
Hornets from 2001-2005. He also averaged 3.7 points and 4.0
rebounds in 44 games in 2004-05 but hasn't appeared in a game
during the preseason.

"Coming to an agreement with George allows us to carry an extra
player on the roster and allows him to pursue an opportunity with
another team this season," Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower
said. "We wish him the best of luck."

The Hornets originally acquired Lynch along with Robert Taylor
and Jerome Moiso from Philadelphia and Chris Porter from Golden State in a three-team trade in 2001.

Houston Rockets: The Rockets hired former guard Charlie
Ward to become an assistant coach.

The 6-foot-2 Ward averaged 6.3 points, four assists and 1.23
steals in 11 NBA seasons.

Drafted by New York in the first round of the 1994 draft, Ward
spent his first 9½ NBA seasons with the Knicks. Ward ranks third on
the Knicks' all-time 3-point list (598) and fifth in steals (744).

Dallas Mavericks: Mavericks center Pavel Podkolzin could miss
up to four months after a stress fracture was discovered in his
right foot.
Podkolzin, traded to Dallas after Utah selected him 21st overall
in the 2004 draft, is scheduled to have surgery next week.
The 7-foot-5 native of Russia played in just five games last
season and made just one preseason appearance this month.

Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers waived forward
Rodney White.

White, 25, signed as a free agent with the Clippers on October
5. The 6-foot-9 swingman played in all eight of Los Angeles'
preseason games, averaging 8.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 17

The ninth overall selection in the 2001 NBA Draft, White never
has lived up to his potential since entering the league. In
parts of four seasons with Detroit, Denver and Golden State,
White has averaged 7.1 points and 2.2 rebounds.

Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies picked up
their 2006-07 option on guard Dahntay Jones.

Jones has averaged 3.7 points and 1.3 rebounds in his first two
seasons, including 4.5 points and 1.3 boards in 2004-05. He
also averaged 7.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in three playoff games
against the Phoenix Suns last season.

Jones will receive just over $1.22 million this season and
nearly $1.89 million during his option year.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.