The rumors came from out the weekend, but now it is official — free agent guard Aaron Brooks is coming to Chicago to play for the Bulls, the team released news of the transaction this afternoon.
Brooks comes as a welcome bonus to an already active off-season for the Bulls, the six-year veteran and Seattle native last played for Houston and Denver in the 2013-14 season, averaging 9.0 points, 3.2 assists and 21.6 minutes over 72 games.
The 6-foot, 161 pound Brooks can run point as well as shoot the ball with efficiency and his scoring potential is evident, he averaged over 19 a game in the ’09-10 season where he won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. If he can follow in the footsteps of other recent back court reclamation projects Nate Robinson and D.J. Augustin, Brooks may compete for that award in 2015.
Friend of WARR, Brian Mazique, is saying over at Bleacher Report that the Brooks acquisition makes the Bulls the deepest team in the NBA, but some of that depth may be sacrificed to put Chicago back in the Kevin Love sweepstakes.
Love is still being dangled about by Minnesota in the faces of Cleveland but ESPN is pushing the angle that the Bulls still have interest in Love and may be willing to make their best offer, which could include Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler, both of whom a month or so were looking like likely starters in the upcoming Bulls season. Now, in the wake of the Pau Gasol signing, Gibson is back on the bench. Butler is still likely to be the first 2-guard on the team, but the Bulls don’t seem too wedded to that if they can still stand to get Love.
At this point, its looking like Cleveland and Chicago are engaging in their first battle of the season, the first battle to help decide who has control of the Eastern Conference. As we all stay tuned, stay up with We Are Regal Radio for the latest.
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