The Sacramento Kings just added a new perimeter presence to the roster.
Update: Monday, July 16 at 5:50 p.m. ET by Sam Quinn
Aaron Brooks' deal w/ Kings averages $3.3 million on a two-year deal, player option in the second year, source tells SI.com.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 16, 2012
Brooks cashes in on a decently-priced contract for both team and player after spending a season overseas in China. The player option stipulation is nice for Brooks, as he can opt out of the contract if his performance next season is worth more than $3.3 million.
The 27-year-old point guard is at the perfect age for a two-year deal, as he will surely be able to find another suitor when he hits the market when his contract is up before he hits 30.
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Free-agent point guard Aaron Brooks announced on Monday via Twitter that he would be joining the Sacramento Kings for the 2012-13 season:
Sacramento Kings.....— Aaron Brooks (@Thirty2zero) July 16, 2012
That abbreviated announcement obviously doesn't offer specifics, but the Kings now have another outside shooter to complement Marcus Thornton and Isaiah Thomas.
The 27-year-old former first-round pick out of Oregon is likely to be a backup to rookie sensation Thomas, who was a revelation for the Kings last season, leading the team in games played and finishing second in player efficiency rating behind DeMarcus Cousins.
Brooks spent the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season playing in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, where he scored 40 points in one game and was named to the All-Star team.
The last NBA team Brooks played for, the Phoenix Suns, withdrew its qualifying offer to Brooks, which put him on the market as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Brooks was part of a 2011 deal that sent him to the Suns and Goran Dragic to the Houston Rockets.
In the 2009-10 season, Brooks averaged 19.6 points while starting every game for the Rockets and was named the NBA's Most Improved Player.
Is this a good pickup for the Sacramento Kings?
It isn't known how much Brooks will be making this upcoming season, but the Kings don't have much cap space left after the team acquired James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors earlier on Monday for a 2014 second-round draft pick, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
The Kings now have a full roster for the upcoming season, barring any other transactions are carried out.
Stay tuned for the specifics of this acquisition once they are revealed.