Stormers hooker Scarra Ntubeni revealed that the 21-day transfer window was a "stressful" period for players as they weren't sure who would come and go.
The window, through the SA Rugby Industry, MyPlayers and the South African Rugby Employers' Organisation (Sareo), served as part of a broader cost-cutting mission.
Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx was one of four players to leave the Lions with the Stormers confirming the departures of forward Cobus Wiese and flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis.
The Cape-franchise also welcomed Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant from the Bulls, flyhalf Kade Wolhuter and loose forward Keke Morabe.
2019 World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has withdrawn his contract termination and will remain in Cape Town until at least the end of the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour.
Speaking in a Stormers YouTube video, Ntubeni reflected on the changes made to John Dobson's squad.
"You didn't know if one of your best mates or someone that you really enjoy playing with is doing a deal or going overseas," said Ntubeni.
"It was a bit of a stressful time... guys like Wilco (Louw) and Dillyn (Leyds) [leaving]... it wasn't something new to us.
"With rugby you build close bonds... it's going to be sad to see the guys leaving."
When Super Rugby was halted, the Stormers were seventh on the log standings with four wins from six matches.
-Compiled by Sport24 staff