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It has been reported that the Sacramento Kings and Aaron Brooks have agreed to a buyout. There is no word on what teams would be interested in the 28 year olds services.
The Houston Rockets are sitting in the 8th spot in the Western Conference. After a couple of bad losses they are now just two games ahead of the surging Los Angeles Lakers. After the Rockets traded away two of their top bench players in Toney Douglas and Marcus Morris Houston has struggled with their bench play. Aaron Brooks could be a huge boost.
Brooks played for the Rockets in his first three and half seasons, having his best year of his career in 2009-2010 season when he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists. He has struggled since he was dealt by the Rockets but I think the familiarity with his former franchise could energize him to returning to his old form.
Patrick Beverley has done a great job since taking over for Douglas, but the Rockets goal is to make the playoffs and make an impact. I’m not sure if Beverley would be ready for a situation like that. Kevin McHale has a hard time trusting rookies so it wouldn’t far-fetched to think he would love to have a veteran guard to handle the ball when Jeremy Lin needs a rest.
I think Beverley has a bright future ahead of him, but I know Houston. They are always looking to upgrade and to compete at a high level. I’m not saying they will go after Brooks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. Brooks is a dynamic point guard who needs a home. If it’s not the Rockets someone will pick him up for a scoring boost off the bench.