by Marcel Mutoni

At 9-22, the Memphis Grizzlies aren’t going anywhere this year. In what has turned out to be a disappointing season under new head coach Marc Iavaroni, Memphis has made the decision to develop its youngsters by giving them more playing time. Specifically, first round draft pick Mike Conley.

Conley’s promotion to the starting lineup, though, isn’t sitting well with veteran point guard Damon Stoudamire. Angered by what he perceives as a slap in the face, Damon wants to be on the first thing smoking (no pun intended) out of town.

“For the Grizzlies to demote Damon because of his age and because of the team’s record is unacceptable,” Agent Aaron Goodwin said.

“They’re going to have to do right by Damon — move to get him out of there or restructure his contract so he can be bought out. Mr. Heisley is a good, compassionate man. But we’re not going to sit back and watch Damon’s career rot.”

Luckily for Damon Stoudamire, team owner Michael Heisley seems to like him, and promises to do his best to find him a new home. Get on that phone, Danny Ainge!