Jan 31, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton (1) drives to the basket during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets have traded away point guard Aaron Brooks to the Denver Nuggets for guard/forward Jordan Hamilton. This marks the 8th straight year that general manager has made a trade at the deadline, and one that came out of the wood works at the last minute.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first broke the report:
Denver has traded Jordan Hamilton to Houston for Aaron Brooks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
The 23-year-old Hamilton is in the 3rd season out of the University of Texas, and is averaging career highs of 6.8 in 17.2 minutes, while shooting 36 percent from behind the arc for his career.
Meanwhile, Brooks gets shipped out by the Rockets for the 2nd time in his career, and is averaging 7 points and 1.9 assists in 43 games. However, he has been the 3rd string point guard and only saw minutes with injuries to either Patrick Beverley or Jeremy Lin. With Nate Robinson out for the season, the Nuggets needed a capable backup behind Ty Lawson, and Brooks fit that void.