According to the Bee and Voisin, the Kings have reportedly made attempts to snag Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks. Ailene says:
Better yet, they need Geoff Petrie to acquire a more conventional point guard – or a player whose skills would better complement those of Evans – and accelerate the learning process. (The Kings are aggressively pursuing a move and reportedly have inquired about Atlanta’s Jeff Teague and Houston’s Aaron Brooks, among others, though team officials declined to comment on the speculation.)
This one is tough for me. The only thing the Rockets would have a mild interest in is Jason Thompson. However, the Rockets lack any depth at point guard (not that Kyle Lowry stinks, he’s just not starter quality) so the move would be addition by subtraction for them. And as much as I like Jason, I’m not sure he has the value to snag a player like Brooks.
On the flip side, I’m not sure I like it that much for the Kings either. Aaron Brooks is one of the worst defenders in the league and frankly, his offensive game isn’t that effective. He’s a very solid shooter from outside which the Kings sorely need, and he does bring some other intangibles (such as his lightning quick speed) that would benefit the Kings but I’m not sure it’s enough to outweigh the cons.
I’ve always felt that perimeter defenders are a huge key to success. It’s a domino effect once the opposition gets by the perimeter defenders and it usually results in a) easy baskets or b) fouls, especially from your big men who are coming off the weak side to help. Penetration is a killer in basketball and being open like a Quickie Mart all game isn’t going to breed success, no matter how good they can shoot the three-ball.
The Kings need a very specific player to match with Tyreke Evans, and while Aaron Brooks is a very fine player….I’m not sure he’s the one who fits the mold.
What do you think, King fans? You interested in trading JT for Aaron Brooks?