Nuggets exercise option on Carmelo Anthony
The Nuggets announced they have exercised their fourth-year option on the rising star forward for the 2006-07 season.
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.
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."
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).
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.
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 minutes.
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.
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.
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