|Grizzlies waive point guard Damon Stoudamire|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 28 January 2008 15:29|
The move, announced before Monday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks, had been expected for weeks. Stoudamire, a former first-round pick in his 13th season out of Arizona, had been relegated to third-string status behind rookie Mike Conley, the fourth overall pick in last year's draft, and Kyle Lowry in his second year out of Villanova.
The 34-year-old Stoudamire has not played in 14 games, is averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 assists. His last action was against San Antonio on Dec. 30.
``We appreciate the consummate professionalism and love for the game which Damon exhibited in Memphis,'' Chris Wallace, Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations and general manager, said in a prepared statement. ``The entire organization wishes him the best and hopes that he realizes his wish to join a championship contending team.''
Stoudamire was not in the club's locker room before the game.
``I miss him. I really do,'' Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said before the game. ``He's been a positive influence. He and I had a very straightforward relationship from Day One.''
Stoudamire was signed by the Grizzlies as a free agent in 2005 after seven-plus seasons with Portland. He suffered a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 30, 2005, in Portland.