2012 NBA Free Agency

Jerry Stackhouse and Brooklyn Nets Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Deal

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 21:  Jerry Stackhouse #42 of the Atlanta Hawks reaches for a steal against Samardo Samuels #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena on January 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 11, 2012

The Brooklyn Nets are perhaps the hardest-working team of this NBA offseason. ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting via Twitter that the team has reached an agreement with NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse:

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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