Houston Rockets May Be Shopping Aaron Brooks

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Increasingly, it seems as though Aaron Brooks has worn out his welcome in Houston. The problems began when the team refused to offer him a contract extension last summer, and he’s grown increasingly unhappy with his minutes.

The Rockets suspended Brooks for last night’s game, and according to head coach Rick Adelman, Aaron’s spot in the rotation is by no means guaranteed.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Rockets are aggressively looking to unload Aaron Brooks, and the New York Knicks are reportedly one of the teams interested in his services.

From Newsday:

The Knicks are mulling a trade that could bring in Aaron Brooks for some needed backcourt help. A source with knowledge of the situation said the Rockets “are going to try hard” to move Brooks before the Feb. 24 trade deadline. A separate source confirmed that the Knicks are interested.

The Knicks have spent most of the season scouring the league for a capable backup for Raymond Felton but have yet to find an available player who would be a good fit and wouldn’t cost them an asset they might need to acquire Carmelo Anthony.

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 lightning-quick guard, who is a career 37-percent shooter from three-point range, would be a good fit in Mike D’Antoni ‘s pick-and-roll system as long as his ankle, which he injured in the second game of the season, is fully recovered.

The big fish for the Knicks is obviously Carmelo Anthony, and while those talks rage on, New York does need a solid backup for Raymond Felton.

Brooks is owed $2 million this season, and will become a restricted free agent this summer.