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Rockets trying to move Brooks, Knicks involved?

Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:55 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Things can change quickly in professional sports. One minute you're the star of a team, a building block for the future. The next, you're on the trade block.

That appears to be the story for Rockets guard Aaron Brooks as Newsday reports that Houston is "going to try hard" to move Brooks before the Feb. 24 deadline. The report also says the Knicks are interested in acquiring Brooks.

Brooks is a restricted free agent after this season, so that will bring down the price tag. He's making $2 million this season. As pointed out by Posting and Toasting, a potential trade could include Kelenna Azubuike's expiring deal ($3.3 million) that is eligible to have 80 percent covered by insurance.

The Rockets have a pretty good stable of guards with Kyle Lowry who has taken over the starting duties at point, Kevin Martin and Courtney Lee. Rookie Ishmael Smith has moved between the Rockets and the D-League, but he'll likely find a permanent spot if Brooks is moved.

Brooks of course had a recent issue with the Rockets as he was suspended for Monday's game for leaving the floor after being substituted in a game over the weekend. But the issues with the team go back to before the season too as he was vocal about wanting an extension with the team though general manager Daryl Morey said the team had a "policy" about not giving them out.

I guess you can kind of see why Morey held off now. It's why he's one of the smartest out there. Other GMs would've hit Brooks with a five-year, $50 million deal the second he asked for it.

Things haven't gone well recently in Houston for last season's Most Improved winner, with him losing playing time and even his starting spot. He battled an ankle injury early on but since his return hasn't performed up to expectation. Brooks, 26, is averaging 12.2 points and 4.1 assists per game this season after his career-best 19.6 points and 5.3 assists in 2009-10.

The Knicks have been after a backup point guard for Raymond Felton for some time, but to me it seems like Brooks might be a little too good for that role. If Brooks isn't happy about his minutes in Houston, why would he all of a sudden be happy in New York behind Felton?

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:45 am

Rockets trying to move Brooks, Knicks involved?

except that Tony Douglas has not been mentioned in the Melo trade.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:04 am

Rockets trying to move Brooks, Knicks involved?

If you're looking for a backup point guard, why would you try to trade for a guy that's unhappy because his role has been relegated to that of a backup?

Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:15 pm

Rockets trying to move Brooks, Knicks involved?

Knicks probably looking into getting him if they have to include Toney Douglas in a 'Melo trade.

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