Saturday , Feb , 16 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets Didn’t Have Discreet Deal with Jerry Stackhouse


Nets president Rod Thorn said Friday he has no side deal with Mavericks swingman Jerry Stackhouse, an illegal arrangement that could put a potential Jason Kidd-to-Dallas trade in jeopardy.

The Nets thought they had worked out a deal with the Mavericks on Wednesday that would have sent Kidd to Dallas, but the trade is on hold because Devean George exercised his right to block it.

However, it may have been in trouble before that. Earlier that day, Stackhouse told The Associated Press that he may be able to rejoin the Mavs, an indication the Nets planned to buy out his contract.

"I get 30 days to rest, then I’ll be right back," Stackhouse said. "I ain’t going nowhere." [Click here for more from Sports Illustrated.]