More bad news for the New Jersey Nets.
Not only are the Raptors' Atlantic Division rivals without starters Richard Jefferson and Nenad Krstic, now comes word that management is having trouble finding someone to take Vince Carter in a trade.
According to the New Jersey Record, the Nets have offered Carter for Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, Andrei Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz or Ray Allen of the Seattle SuperSonics. None of those teams took the bait.
But perhaps the worse news for the Nets is what Carter said about all the trade rumours.
"I don't care," Carter told the Record. "I'm content with myself and my game and what I bring to the table. If it happens it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't. I'm going to continue to play just like I did when I was in Toronto."
Raptors forward Joey Graham's thoughts were with his former college team yesterday. Graham's Oklahoma State Cowboys hosted Iowa State last night in a game that will mark the sixth anniversary of a plane crash that killed 10 members of the Cowboys basketball team travel party.
Graham was aware of the tragedy before he attended Oklahoma State, and said that the students and staff talk about the accident a lot. But he says that never dissuaded him from becoming a pilot.
"That was a tragic event, so you try not to think too much about it. You try to stay optimistic," he said.
AROUND THE RIM
Raptors rookie Andrea Bargnani will rise nice and early this morning to appear live on one of the most popular shows in Italy, Quelli Che Il Calcio, which appears on the Italian network Rai II TV. Bargnani will be joined by Raptors assistant GM Maurizio Gherardini, and in one of the three segments will speak to the mayor of Rome ... The Raptors opened the doors of the practice facility over the Christmas holidays to allow Canadian national team player Rowan Barrett, a Mississauga native, to workout. Barrett plays professional ball in France ... Raptors starting point guard T.J. Ford was hoping to play last night after missing the past three games with a sore right ankle. Unfortunately for Ford, the ankle was still sore after a brief workout and he didn't dress against the Pacers.