Posted by Royce Young
Ready for another somewhat boring NBA-player-to-overseas-team rumor? Well have I got something for you, because this one isn't entirely boring. According to HoopsWorld, Suns guard Aaron Brooks has been extended an attractive offer from a team in China and is strongly considering it.
Brooks is currently a restricted free agent, but was extended a qualifying offer from Phoenix, so he is under an NBA contract and would need an opt-out clause and all that good stuff.
What makes Brooks more interesting than your average player-to-consider-overseas rumor is that he's really popular in China and would probably be in really good shape there. Brooks was a key player for the Rockets for a couple seasons and as you might remember, Yao Ming played for the Rockets. So Brooks has a lot of fans still there.
He also has some remaining endorsement deals and has made several trips to the area over the past few years.
Of course this is going to hinge on what happens with the upcoming negotiations, but one interesting fit could be the team Yao owns, the Shaghai Sharks. I'm sure Brooks still has a good relationship with his former teammate and would likely receive some pretty solid treatment while he's there too.
Brooks is likely going to be a key cog in the Suns' future though and I'm sure general manager Lance Blanks and owner Robert Sarver might cringe a bit if he takes off. Brooks is in somewhat of a compromised position though because of his contract status, so that would have to be sorted out although FIBA recently granted clearance for NBA players to head overseas.