There should be no ill will towards Jerry Stackhouse. After all, his contract ended up scoring Shawn Marion in a sign-and-trade. That’s good enough for me, even if Stack’s shot-happy and poor-defending ways made him incredibly mortal. He was a bench scorer with the confidence of a starter, and you can take that in just about any direction you wish. And though his time with the Mavs didn’t end on the best of terms, he still had four good, productive years in Dallas, and was a part of some truly special teams.
Stack and the Mavs could end up crossing paths pretty soon, as he has apparently agreed to play for the Milwaukee Bucks for the rest of the season. From Marc Stein:
Sources told ESPN.com that Stackhouse is expected to formally sign with the Bucks on Monday or possibly Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The former All-Star guard has been looking for a new team since the summer and was targeted by the Bucks — who began play Sunday two games out of the final playoff spot in the East — after Michael Redd suffered a season-ending knee injury this past Sunday in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
Foot and knee problems limited Stackhouse to just 10 games last season with Dallas, but the 35-year-old has insisted for months that he is healthy and ready to return to the league.
After an audition for the New York Knicks in August, Stackhouse rejected an invitation to Houston Rockets training camp in October to replace the injured Rashad McCants when the Rockets told Stackhouse he’d have to win a roster spot in camp to stick.
The Mavs play the Bucks in Dallas on January 26th, and provided Stack remains healthy, we should see him suiting up for the bad guys for the first time since 2004.