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Over the past few weeks, Jerry Stackhouse has seemingly had his name called more in the news because of his involvement with the NBA Players Association than because of what he has done on the basketball court for the Nets.

Stackhouse hasn't played since Jan. 26 and with Joe Johnson currently injured, the shooting guard spot has become a major question mark for the Nets. As the team continues its trod toward the playoffs, P.J. Carlesimo is hoping that Stackhouse can make a healthy return and be a factor for Brooklyn come playoff time.

But according to a report, part of the reason Stackhouse hasn't played is because the Nets are looking to develop MarShon Brooks.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

Not too long ago Jerry Stackhouse was finding the fountain of youth and helping the Nets win games.

But the 38-year-old former All-Star has fallen out of the Nets’ rotation and plans, with Tuesday night against the Hornets representing his 14th straight game without logging a minute.

It was an organizational decision to phase out Stackhouse, who didn’t travel with the team to New Orleans for “personal reasons.” The goal is to develop 24-year-old MarShon Brooks... 

Brooks played a season-high 32 minutes in Sunday’s loss to the Grizzlies, two days after he told the Daily News, “If I got the minutes, I could score 20 points per game.”

Stackhouse hasn’t played more than 14 minutes since December.

If true, this is a move that makes a lot of sense for the Nets. It's easy to forget how well MarShon Brooks played for the Nets last season, but in all fairness, it was a fairly forgettable season since the team managed to go just 22-44.

Brooks was thought to be the shooting guard of the future for the Nets, but Joe Johnson's arrival had him talking about being a Sixth Man of the Year candidate and that made sense since nobody expected Brooks to start over Johnson—one of the NBA's better guards.

But after playing 30 minutes per game as a rookie, Brooks has only played 12 minutes per game this season. The Nets have a lot of guard depth, but Brooks is too good to not warrant more minutes. Young players need reps., and it's good to see that the organization is considering that.

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