Sacramento Kings GM Geoff Petrie has long obsessed over the game of Aaron Brooks. After failing to draft the former Oregon Duck in 2007, Petrie was a man on a mission to get the player he oddly coveted. Attempted trades for the six foot point never materialized and Brooks spent parts of four seasons in Houston with an additional 25 games in Phoenix before heading to China during the NBA lockout.
Now was Petrie’s chance to strike. Geoff signed the 28-year old free agent guard to a two year deal worth $6,646,250, the said second year a player option worth $3,396,250. However, fifty-nine games into the season, Aaron Brooks is no longer a Sacramento King.
On the final day to release players to maintain playoff eligibility (assuming they were to sign with a new team), the Sacramento Kings let go of Aaron Brooks – this according to Kings play-by-play man Grant Napear.
Brooks spent the early part of the season blocking the floor for younger talents like Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette, before eventually finding his way to the bench in favor of Thomas – tho Fredette remained nailed to the pine, oddly.
No numbers were released by the Kings as to the potential buyout, though, given the essentially guaranteed player option for next year, assuming Brooks exercised it, I’d imagine the early payday will be relatively solid for the former Oregon Duck.