Steve Nash takes in the trade talk and returns a measured response, but Suns coach Alvin Gentry isn't ... He stepped in to end Nash's interview and then he made out trade speculators to be ridiculous. "Steve's not going to be traded, that I can tell you," Gentry said. "If he's getting traded, I'm going along with him, OK? Have you looked at the way he's playing? He's playing at a real high level. Why would we trade him? I don't understand that. That's nothing that's been discussed here. It's not going to happen." (Arizona Republic) Comment
According to Torii Hunter, Arte Moreno will have to out-bid the Red Sox for Carl Crawford. Hunter, who speaks regularly with Crawford, said on Wednesday that he expected the Angels and Red Sox would be the finalists to sign him. "The Yankees are not going to go after him," Hunter said. "They've got Cliff Lee. Boston might be the team. "I think Boston and the Angels, that will be the bidding war." The Angels have identified Crawford as their primary target in free agency, and they are prepared to make the left fielder the first $100-million player in club history. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
One Chad is always left hanging in Miami. After meeting with the coach for 45 minutes, [Chad Pennington] was returned to the job as the Dolphins starter. Pennington left the facility and took his dog to the groomer, which also conveniently gave [Tony] Sparano an opportunity to speak with Chad Henne about being benched. Then Pennington returned around 11 a.m. "Chad and I talked for about an hour, got teary-eyed because we have a good relationship and we're good friends," Pennington said. ... All that behind them, Pennington can now get down to business. "But now, it's time to roll," Pennington said. "It's time to focus on winning a football game." (The Miami Herald) Comment
Top model Malena Costa and boyfriend Carles Puyol, captain of Barcelona, spotted together on a day off.
San Antonio's Tony Parker spins and provides a bounce pass assist to teammate Dejuan Blair.