Houston Rockets: Aaron Brooks Finalizes Contract

By Michael Ma

Jan 18, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Aaron Brooks (3) passes during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Memphis defeated Sacramento 85-69. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets and guard Aaron Brooks have come to terms with a contract for the remainder of the season.  The veteran guard was playing for the Sacramento Kings this season before they gave Brooks a buyout on Saturday, but did not clear waivers until Monday.  The deal also includes a team option for next season.

The 28-year-old Brooks was originally drafted by the Rockets with the 26th pick overall in 2007.  He spent three and a half seasons in Houston, taking over as the starting point guard midway through the 2008-2009 season.  As recent as the 2009-2010 season, Brooks averaged a career high 19.6 points and 5.3 assists and was named the NBA Most Improved Player, but was traded to the Phoenix Suns at the trade deadline in 2011.

Brooks will be the third point guard on the Rockets roster for now, but expect him to get some looks as the back-up to Jeremy Lin, as he has a lot more experience than rookie Patrick Beverly.