Brooks NBA Options are Limited
There is one NBA player left in the Chinese Basketball Association, and his rights belong to the Suns.
Point guard Aaron Brooks is the star of the Guangdong Southern Tigers, who are a victory away from reaching the CBA Finals. Once the four-time defending champions’ season ends, Brooks would be free to sign with Phoenix, but only about a month of the regular season would remain.
As a restricted free agent, Brooks was eligible to receive an offer sheet from other teams through March 1, but he remained under contract in China, where deals forbid players from leaving for the NBA until their teams’ seasons ended or a release.
If the Suns signed Brooks for the remainder of the season, he would be an unrestricted free agent in July. If the Suns do not sign him, he would be a restricted free agent in July, but the Suns would not have sign-and-trade rights because he did not end the season on the roster and they might not match another team’s offer to him.