After the Denver Nuggets traded Andre Miller and were able to avoid not taking on Eric Maynor by bringing in a third team, Denver was actively pursuing a backup point guard to fill in for Miller and the injured Nate Robinson in a deal at the NBA Trade Deadline. They found a suitor in the Houston Rockets who will send Aaron Brooks to Denver in exchange for Jordan Hamilton, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
There were reports almost immediately after the Miller trade that the Nuggets were talking with the New York Knicks about a deal that would have sent veteran Beno Udrih to Denver, but they found a more enticing trade partner in Houston it seems.
The Nuggets are getting a capable veteran point guard in Brooks who really just wasn’t getting an opportunity with Houston as he was playing behind Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley. In 43 appearances this season, Brooks has played 16.7 minutes per game while averaging seven points, 1.9 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game. He’s shooting only 39.5 percent from the floor on the year, but has converted on 40.9 percent of his three-point attempts. As I said, his biggest limitation in Houston was who he was playing behind.
For the Rockets, they are taking a risk in bringing in Hamilton, who hasn’t done a great deal in his 2.5 years in the league. In 105 career appearances, Hamilton has averaged 5.6 point and 2.8 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game on mediocre 40.8 percent shooting and 35.7 percent three-point shooting. However, Hamilton has looked his best in his young career when he’s allowed to show off his athleticism and get up and down the floor, which is exactly what Houston will ask him to do. He could settle into being a non-factor in Houston, but there’s a chance Hamilton could find his niche with the Rockets.
Though these aren’t big names being moved, the Brooks, Hamilton trade is one that works out for both sides, giving them at least a shot at having a player to be in a role that needs filling in their rotations. It’s not a deal that’s going to be in bright lights, but it has the chance to give both teams involved a boost as they make a push in March and April.