Just going up on ESPN: Sources: The Nets reached a verbal commitment with Jerry Stackhouse on a 1-year deal worth$1.3M— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) July 11, 2012
This is obviously not intended to be an addition to the Nets' potentially contending core, but perhaps Stackhouse's leadership could be an asset.
The team has already re-signed Deron Williams. It will retain free agent Gerald Wallace, agreed to a trade to acquire swingman Joe Johnson and still has desires to make a move for Dwight Howard.
The Nets are smart not to get too preoccupied with reeling in the big fish, thus forgetting about the role players. These spots can play a big part in any potential playoff run.
Ask the Miami Heat how important Mike Miller was in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Stackhouse is 37 years old, and he played in 30 games for the Atlanta Hawks last season. He has averaged 17.4 points per game in his 17-year NBA career, but he hasn't been anywhere close to that in the last four seasons.
Still, this is a low-risk, roster-filling move that could have some high intangible value.
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