The Chicago Bulls are reportedly in the process of finalizing a deal that would bring scoring point guard Aaron Brooks to Chicago. Brooks has spent the last two seasons of his NBA career with three different teams.
After re-signing veteran Kirk Hinrich just more than a week ago, the Bulls have been browsing the free agent market for another point guard to fill out their roster. With multiple options still available, the Bulls decided to go with a more offensively gifted/situational scorer at point guard in Brooks. Other names such as Andre Miller, Nolan Smith and Jimmer Fredette were passed over for a veteran guard with a decent shooting stroke.
The addition of Brooks to an already deep roster gives coach Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls much needed flexibility in their backcourt rotation. The combination of Hinrich and Brooks slotted behind Derrick Rose on the depth chart allows for the Bulls to use both players situationally throughout any game, as well as pair the two together if both Rose and Jimmy Butler are on the bench.
When coming off the bench for the Houston Rockets last season (43 games), a role that Brooks is best used at his current career arc, Brooks shot over 40 percent from behind the three-point line. The Bulls have proven this offseason and in the NBA Summer League that they will not shy away from taking shots from behind the arc this coming season, and Brooks provides coach Thibodeau with another viable shooter off the bench along side Tony Snell, Nikola Mirotic and rookie Doug McDermott.
Possibly even more importantly for the Bulls organization, signing Brooks and re-signing Hinrich positions the team to be in a serviceable situation if Derrick Rose is unable to stay healthy through the entire season. As much as I hate to even think of it, I think the main reason Brooks is coming to Chicago, other than a chance to win a championship, is to be the failsafe behind Rose.
Brooks averaged nine points and three assists per game last season while splitting time with the Rockets and Denver Nuggets. During the 2009-10 season, Brooks lead the league in three-point field goals (209).