Rumour not blazing

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

Talks between the Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers involving Vince Carter and Jalen Rose have cooled off, The Oregonian, a Portland-based newspaper, yesterday claimed.

The newspaper quoted a source saying he was doubtful the deal would go down because the Raptors allegedly upped their demands to the Blazers.

Since news of the talks first broke last Thursday, a number of other teams have contacted the Raptors to inquire about the availability of Carter, who publicly stated his desire to be traded out of Toronto during the off-season.

THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE

The Raptors received some potentially good news from the trainers' room yesterday.

Not only does Jalen Rose hope to shake off the effects of a thigh injury and play tonight, Donyell Marshall is looking toward returning to the lineup Saturday in New York. Marshall has missed the past six games with a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile centre Rafael Araujo (back spasms) did not accompany the team to Washington yesterday, the same day that guard Alvin Williams was scheduled to undergo season-ending knee surgery in Vail, Col.

THAT'S ITALIAN!

In lieu of the Melee in Motown Friday night, forward Matt Bonner was asked what security was like during his stint in the Italian league.

"They really take security seriously in Europe," Bonner said. "At the same time there are no rules. People can bring in drums, whistles, fireworks, they smoke in the arena. It's ridiculous with that. But they have cops lining the court at all times keeping an eye on things. We were playing our rivals once and we played them at their place and fans kept getting in fights -- you know, the rival fans with each other.The next game the cops requested riot patrol from the government.The government never came through. As a result, they barred fans from coming to the game.We played a game with no fans. The cops knew they couldn't secure the place."


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