Aaron Brooks finalizes contract with Rockets
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
Veteran point guard Aaron Brooks has finalized an agreement with the Houston Rockets that includes a team option for next season, two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. Brooks received a buyout from the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, but had to clear waivers on Monday before he could become a free agent. He will provide added scoring and depth behind point guard Jeremy Lin for the Rockets (33-28), who are currently in eighth place in the Western Conference.
Brooks came to the Kings on a two-year, $6.6 million deal, but the second season was a player option. The 28-year-old is three years removed from his best season in the NBA, as he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists for Houston in the 2009-10 campaign. He played in China during the lockout in 2011, then averaged just eight points and 20.8 minutes per game with the Kings while sharing minutes with the likes of Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton and Jimmer Fredette.… [For more on Aaron Brooks finalizes contract with Houston Rockets, click here.]