Sacramento Kings Close to Signing Free Agent Guard Aaron Brooks

Bryant WestCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 30:  Aaron Brooks #0 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at US Airways Center on March 30, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Thunder defeated the Suns 116-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Sacramento Kings are close to a two-year deal with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to Alex Kennedy of

Free agent Aaron Brooks is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to sources close to the situation.

— Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA July 16, 2012

Brooks himself somewhat broke the news this afternoon with this tweet:

Sacramento Kings....

— Aaron Brooks  July 16, 2012

Brooks played in China during the NBA Lockout, and was contractually ineligible to return to the NBA until his deal with the Guangdong Southern Tigers finished. He played his first three seasons with the Houston Rockets, before being traded to the Phoenix Suns in February of 2011 for guard Goran Dragic. In 2010-2011, he averaged 10.7 and 3.9 assists per game but shot just 37.5 percent from the field

The Kings have two second-year point guards on the roster, with Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette likely to compete with Brooks for minutes.

Thomas, the incumbent starter, was the 60th overall pick in the 2011 draft, but finished with a strong rookie season, averaging 11.5 points and 4.1 assists per game. In the 37 games last season in which he started, he averaged 14.8 points and 5.2 assists a contest.

Fredette, the 10th overall selection in the 2011 draft, struggled his rookie year and averaged just 7.6 points on 38.6 percent shooting.