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Phoenix Suns trade G Goran Dragic and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick (if Suns end up in lottery Rockets get Orlando draft pick which Phoenix acquired in Jason Richardson trade).
Rockets trade G Aaron Brooks.
Another Trade Questioned
Another trade lots of Rockets, and Suns fans for that matter, questioned. Living in Phoenix, I know Dragic was loved here and lots of people were very sad to see him leave.
Dragic is struggling this season, but the crazy thing about this trade is Brooks is struggling even worse. For Houston to worm a first-rounder out of this deal is amazing.
Houston gets Goran Dragic, the lightning-fast point guard out of Slovenia. He can shoot, pass and finish at the rim. Really the ideal guy for Houston.
They don't have a true point guard and every other point guard they have is undersized. Dragic certainly is not undersized, standing 6'3".
He also comes cheap; he will cost only $2.1 million next year if Houston picks up his option.
Add in a mid- to late-first round pick, and Houston is feeling pretty good about this trade.
Reasons for Moving Brooks
Okay, but wait a second, Houston is giving up on Aaron Brooks this easily? The same Aaron Brooks that averaged 20 points per game and won the Most Improved Player award? That Aaron Brooks?
Well, Houston traded Aaron Brooks for a few reasons.
Reason No. 1, he was having just an atrocious season, shooting well under 40 percent from the field and under 30 percent from three-point range.
Reason No. 2, he was PO'd at the whole organization for not getting a contract extension and for not getting his starting position back.
The third and final reason is because Houston heard from some sources a team planned to offer him starter's money, and Houston is already paying Kyle Lowry starter's money. You can't pay two people at the same position that kind of money.
So what's my trade grade? I give it an "A". Was it necessary? No. But it gives Houston a first-round pick and a point guard with some upside who is used to coming off the bench.