More and more names have begun to swirl in rumors as the February 24 NBA trade deadline draws closer. Some teams are attempting to add pieces for a playoff run, while others are simply trying to shed salary.
Obviously the most prominent name that could be on the move is Carmelo Anthony. Reports have run rampant that he is on his way to the Knicks.
However, the Houston Rockets have their own disgruntled player that is allegedly on the market. Aaron Brooks, the 2010 NBA Most Improved Player, has had his own trade rumors that may result in him ending up in the Big Apple.
Although Brooks has slightly regressed this season, he is still a valuable asset who could certainly help in the Knicks' playoff run. That being said, currently the New York front office still, with good reason, has their eyes set on Anthony.
Here are five reasons that the Knicks need to give some serious thought to finishing a deal that would bring Aaron Brooks to New York.
Just last season Brooks appeared as though he was on the fast track to NBA stardom.
In 2009-2010 the former Oregon Duck averaged 19.6 PPG to go with 5.3 APG. On top of that he also shot a career high 43.2 percent from the floor while playing in all eighty-two games.
However Brooks stock has really fallen quite a bit since then. This year he is down to just 12.2 PPG and 4.1 APG.
Brooks regression coupled with his changing role have caused him to fall slightly out of favor in Houston. Since coming back from an ankle injury, Brooks has reluctantly had to come off the bench.
He also was recently suspended after he had a disagreement with coach Rick Adelman about his lack of playing time during crunch time.
All of these transgressions could add up to Brooks being dealt at less than his actual value which could create multiple suitors.
Right now, while Brooks is at a relative low point in his career, would be an ideal time for the Knicks to seriously consider acquiring his talents.
It takes a certain kind of run and gun player to thrive under Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni's playing style. The New York coach has a history of taking these players and, at the very least, rejuvenating or bettering their offensive careers.
Aaron Brooks is just the type of player that D'Antoni can use in his fast paced offense. He is a quick guard who can definitely push the tempo for a quick shot.
Brooks is also capable of knocking down shots from beyond the arc. For his career he has averaged 1.7 three pointers per game, including when he hit 2.6 threes per game during his 2009-2010 season.
He also has typically worked best out of a more free lance offense, like the one he was a part of during his days at Oregon, rather than one that is so structured.
If the Knicks were able to swing a deal for Brooks then D'Antoni's offensive system could possibly help him return to his days of big production.
It still remains possible that Carmelo Anthony will wind up somewhere other than New York in 2011. Other teams, such as the Lakers, are also vying for Anthony's services and he could decide to sign an extension wherever he ends up.
Anthony could also have a change of heart and find himself questioning if he really wants to head to New York and team with Amare Stoudemire.
If this does happen then the Knicks will have to start looking at other options. Recruiting to New York is rarely a tough sell, but with a more solid supporting class the Knicks will have an easier time persuading any player to join a title run in the Big Apple.
Other key players, such as David West and Yao Ming, could be available in the next free agent crop. The Knicks would find it much easier to bring them to New York with Stoudemire and Brooks already on board.
Brooks makes just two million dollars in the last year of his current contract. This means that the Knicks have several options if they do acquire the point guard.
Most likely they would attempt to quickly finalize a contract extension so that Brooks could officially become part of the future of the organization.
The Knicks could also have him play out the remainder of his two million dollar contract and use it as an audition to see if he fits their needs as a point guard. If so they could match any other team's offer since he is a restricted free agent.
However if the Knicks suddenly decide to go in a different direction then they could just let Brooks walk to another team and it would cost them very little actual money.
It also would likely cost the Knicks significantly less talent than acquiring a big name like Carmelo Anthony. Brooks still may have enough explosiveness to bring even more excitement to Madison Square Garden for a playoff run.
So far Carmelo Anthony does not appear to have strayed from his desire to play for the New York Knicks. If he stays true to his alleged word and refuses to sign an extension with any team other than New York then the Knicks should wait to obtain Carmelo Anthony.
If this is the case, then this is the obvious move for the Knicks organization. In all likelihood they will not have what it takes to win it all this year regardless.
Even if they do obtain Anthony they will still lose many key pieces, and will have very little time to create a chemistry. It would be extremely difficult for them to play at the same level as Boston, Miami, or Orlando in the playoffs.
If the Knicks do not deal for Anthony then they will obviously keep the pieces necessary to obtain him. They could then deal a fraction of that talent for Aaron Brooks.
Next season the Knicks could then sign Anthony as an unrestricted free agent and team him with Stoudemire and Brooks to provide a serious big three.