Dec 23, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Jerry Stackhouse (42) dunks against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at the Barclays Center. The Nets won the game 95-92. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Former Tar Heel Jerry Stackhouse to Retire?

Jerry Stackhouse will forever be remembered as a Tar Heel, especially by many who wear the Carolina blue and cheer on the Tar Heels. Of course many will remember him for wearing a Dallas Mavericks jersey for five years. I could keep going with a few of these.

The thirty-eight year old Kinston, North Carolina wing player has had a notable NBA career that was preceded by a successful collegiate career at the University of North Carolina. He is a two-time NBA all-star, NBA all rookie first team member, NCAA All American First Team member, and was the Sports Illustrated Player of the Year in 1995, the year the 76ers drafted him.

However, despite all of the glory he’s seen in his career, Stackhouse could have more opportunities off the court than he has on the court.

He’s got a big interest in coaching and he is currently the NBA Players Assocation’s vice president and could soon wind up being the President. And at his age, let’s face it, teams are not going to be making him a priority. Not that he isn’t good or doesn’t have the talent, in today’s NBA the teams rely heavily on youth!’s Adam Lucas writes:

The most veteran Tar Heel in the league hasn’t officially said he’s retiring, but he hasn’t officially said he’s not retiring, either. The Nets just brought in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, so if they were to re-sign Stackhouse, they’d have a very formidable 1998 video game squad. Stackhouse has a lot of options beyond just playing. He’s expressed interest in coaching, and also might be the next president of the NBA Players Association (he’s currently the vice-president).

It’s unclear if the Nets have interest in re-signing the 38 year old veteran or not and what the interest in returning on his part is.

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