Sunday , Jan , 20 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Damon Stoudamire Headed for Boston Celtics?

Stoudamire is preparing to counter in hopes of joining a contender soon. Stoudamire is hopeful that he can sign as a free agent with Boston, which is looking for help behind Rajon Rondo.

Stoudamire’s contract is slotted at $4.6 million for next season. But that number gets cut in half if Stoudamire averages less than 20 minutes and appears in fewer than about 55 games this year.

Negotiations toward a buyout could heat up Monday when Griz owner Michael Heisley is expected in town for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day game against the Chicago Bulls.

And it appears that Stoudamire’s immediate future will more likely involve a buyout rather than a trade. The Griz have already turned down more than one trade involving Stoudamire because the deal would have left the 13-year veteran in an undesirable position. [Click here for more from the Memphis Commercial Appeal.]