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Aaron Brooks was acquired in the deal last season that sent Goran Dragic to the Houston Rockets and was supposed to be the eventual heir to Steve Nash.
That was before he decided to sign in China and miss the vast majority of this 2011-12 NBA season. Brooks is finally done in China and should be back in the states soon, but not before meeting with Phoenix GM Lance Blanks in China.
Brooks would be a great piece for the Suns in their push for a playoff spot. Getting Brooks signed for the remainder of this season would be the equivalent to making a trade deadline move.
For next season and beyond, the Suns could find worse options to replace Nash than Aaron Brooks. Brooks is young, a capable scorer and a proven NBA-caliber starting point guard. He will probably be the No. 1 option to succeed Nash.