Former Oregon Duck point guard Aaron Brooks has agreed to terms to return to the Houston Rockets.
After winning the NBA Most Improved Player award in the 2009-10 season, Brooks has spent time with the Rockets, Phoenix Suns and in last season, the Sacramento Kings.
Due to the lockout of 2011, Brooks played one season in China for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. He led the Southern Tigers in assists en route to an appearance in the 2012 CBA Finals, where they lost to the Beijing Ducks.
Brooks returned to the NBA and signed a two-year deal with the Kings and averaged 8 points, 2.3 assists shooting 45% from the field and 37% three-point range. He was waived by Sacramento back in March, signed with Houston five days later, then was waived again.
Finally earlier this month, Brooks and the Rockets agreed to a one-year minimum contract. He and newcomer Reggie Williams will provide instant offense from the bench.
The Rockets have used the summer of 2013 to become instant title contenders. They won the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and he will pair up with James Harden and Chandler Parsons. Houston has quickly built a team around Howard with strong perimeter players such as Brooks. The goal seems to be: re-create the feed-and-kick offense that Howard enjoyed in Orlando (with perimeter guys like Tukoglu, Pietrus, Redick, Lewis, Lee).
Because of the logjam between Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverly, Brooks could slip to playing shooting guard behind Harden off the bench. Brooks’ career highs with Houston were in 2009-10 where he won the Most Improved Player award averaging 19.6 points, 5.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and shooting 43% FG and 39% from three.