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Report: Rockets not interested in moving Brooks

Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:17 pm

Posted by Royce Young

Monday, there was news that the Houston Rockets were "going to try hard" to move guard Aaron Brooks before the trade deadline. And with that was word that the Knicks were interested.

According to the Houston Chronicle, only half of that is correct.

A report in New York had the Rockets eager to dump Aaron Brooks, and that the Knicks were mulling a deal.

The primary point of the report, that the Knicks are interested in Brooks, is entirely accurate.

According to two individuals with knowledge of the Rockets' thinking, the Rockets are not mulling a deal because so far there is not one to consider, and the Rockets are not looking to dump Brooks. Not even close.

He could be moved by the deadline, which has been true for most of the Rockets roster since Yao Ming started limping Nov. 10, long before Brooks stalked off the floor on Saturday. The Rockets, however, are not in talks to deal him and really don't want to.

Again, Brooks is a restricted free agent and has some clashes with both the front office and the coaching staff. His role has been altered in Houston and by all appearances, he's a bit unhappy.

But as the report says, just because Brooks has pouted a bit lately doesn't mean the Rockets are going to jump up and move him. Professional athletes have emotions but they also get over things. Whatever the case, as the deadline approaches, Brooks' situation is one to keep an eye on.


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:01 am

Report: Rockets not interested in moving Brooks

Can't afford to move Brooks? How is that? You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a guard in Houston. There is a reason Morey did not give Brooks an extension. He is the smartest GM in the league. I hope Brooks can pick it up, but Lowry is the man right now.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:01 am

Report: Rockets not interested in moving Brooks

The Rockets can't afford to move Brooks...

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:17 pm

Report: Rockets not interested in moving Brooks

Kyle Lowry might not be considered "elite" but averages more assists, more rebounds, nearly as many points, shoots better than Brooks from everywhere but the free throw line, and is more of a true point guard. Brooks, after a tremendous season scoring the basketball last year, is looking more and more like a Steve Francis/Allen Iverson/Stephon Marbury type and less of a Steve Nash or Jason Kidd (like Lowry). In a deal for Brooks, I would NOT go after a PG. Lowry has been good as a starter this year and Ish Smith/Courtney Lee are capable backups. I would be looking for either a C or SF since those are obviously our weakest positions.

If Brooks isn't going to start over Lowry anyway, and the team can fill some other need(s) by combining Brooks with some of the young talent that are already burried on the depth chart at PF, then I say why isn't the team interested? Pull the trigger and let's make a run in the second half.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:38 pm

Report: Rockets not interested in moving Brooks

Good news for Rockets fans.

Honestly, moving Brooks would only do more harm than good.  One could argue that the trades for Artest and Kevin Martin were good ideas; they were made with intent of creating a better team.  Trading Brooks wouldn't accomplish that, unless the Rockets got an elite PG in return.

Yeah, that'd really happen.  As much as I like Brooks, he's not at "elite PG" status, nor would he bring back one in a trade.

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