Jerry Stackhouse wasn’t ever going to leave Dallas. Even though he was part of the now chilly trade for Jason Kidd, the Nets planned to buy Stack out immediately. After sitting out for 30 days, he would have re-signed with the Mavs.
The 34-year old veteran liked the idea of getting some time off before a playoff push. “I get 30 days to rest, then I’ll be right back,” Stackhouse told The Associated Press. “I ain’t going nowhere.”
Perhaps he liked that idea too much – his premature comments alerted the League to the Mavs’ intentions. Now the League won’t allow Stackhouse to return to Big D if he is traded and bought out.
“The Mavericks, whose locker room could be in shambles if the Kidd deal doesn’t go through, are desperately seeking other alternatives,” writes Chris Broussard. “They are looking at replacing Stackhouse and George in the trade with Trenton Hassell and Keith Van Horn.”
“But a person with knowledge of the talks said the Nets are leery of taking Hassell because he has two seasons, worth a total of $8.6 million, remaining on his contract after this season.”
“The source added that while other teams, most notably Cleveland and Denver, are pursuing Kidd, there is no other “realistic” destination out there, and that Kidd would most likely remain with the Nets if nothing can be worked out with Dallas.”
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