Friday , Jan , 04 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Memphis Grizzlies ‘Disrespecting’ Damon Stoudamire?


Damon Stoudamire will seek a trade or contract buyout, his agent said Thursday, in the wake of the veteran point guard’s demotion and rookie Mike Conley’s receiving the starting role.Aaron Goodwin, an experienced NBA agent with a star-studded client list, called the decision to relegate Stoudamire to an insurance player at the point unacceptable and disrespectful.

Before the Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers Wednesday, a healthy Stoudamire went on the inactive list, where he likely will remain for the foreseeable future. A 13-year veteran, Stoudamire started 29 games for the 9-22 Grizzlies. He averaged 7.3 points on 39-percent shooting and 3.9 assists in 20.5 minutes.Head coach Marc Iavaroni, however, prefers to commit to a youth movement at the point, with Conley starting and second-year player Kyle Lowry coming off the bench.
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