Chris Sheridan at ESPN is reporting that the C's have all but fallen out of the running for Damon Stoudamire. Apparently Stoudamire is leaning towards signing with either the Spurs or the Suns, turned off by Danny Ainge's lack of enthusiasm for his services. According to Sheridan, "Ainge has expressed misgivings about tinkering with his team's chemistry."
Hmm. This is a curious one. I hate to second-guess (nah, I don't), but if these misgivings are true I'm more than a little concerned. Chemistry is obviously important, but so is having a legitimate point guard with more than two years of NBA experience. If "chemistry" entails betting the farm on Rajon Rondo and table scraps then chemistry can go fuck itself. Turning down the chance to sign Stoudamire could turn out to be downright hubristic. Of course, on the flip side, Danny Ainge has been proven time and again to be an inveterate liar in situations such as these--and we mean that in the nicest possible way--so this could easily be some sort of smokescreen. You have to wonder if the C's sudden lack of interest in Stoudamire is connected to some sort of behind-the-scenes maneuvering on the Sam Cassell front, and the Cassell-to-Boston rumors haven't seemed to be going away as of late. Cassell's both a better player and a better chemistry guy than Stoudamire, so the optimist in me is keeping my fingers crossed.