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Kings sign Aaron Brooks to take over point guard duties

Jul 17, 2012, 8:18 AM EDT

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The Sacramento Kings are going to have an impressive one-two point guard punch wwnext season. And no, we’re not talking Jimmer Fredette.

On Monday the Kings reached a deal with Aaron Brooks to come in and take over point guard duties, the team announced. This is a two-year deal worth about $3.3 million a year, with a player option for that second year, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

Brooks was out of the NBA last season after playing in China, a deal he signed during the lockout and had to honor deep into the NBA season. The season prior he had started with the Rockets but was tradedto the S

You’d have to think Isaiah Thomas — the rookie who had a great campaign for the Kings last season — will be the point guard off the bench who can give Brooks plenty of rest.

That likely means Tyreke Evans will be used as a two-guard (or trade bait). He has struggled to find a comfort level once the Kings took the ball out of his hands. He struggled at the three last year, maybe the two is better. Or, maybe he does get traded.

But where does all that leave Jimmer Fredette? Jimmer was supposed to get a better look at the point during Summer League — and he racked up 30 points Monday on 10-of-21 shooting. But he didn’t look like a point guard who was being a floor general, he looked like a shooting guard who was trying to get his own shot.

Brooks makes the Kings better, it’s simple. But his presence raises some interesting roster issues as well.

To make room for Brooks, the Kings waived Hassan Whiteside.

  1. proballerslounge - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Knicks vs Nets

    and good pickup btw

  2. blueintown - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Who the hell proofreads these things?

    • hbdbrowns33 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      no one thats why almost every article has some form of error in it.

  3. bparmalee - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Jimmer should have his bags packed. Someone will trade for him …..though as a Tyreke Evans fan I wish they would let him go. He deserves better than the Kings.

  4. lakerluver - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Jimmer becomes instant O off the bench at the 2 guard. Sorta like a pale Vinnie Johnson!!

  5. heathater4lifeson - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Lakerluver Instant offense off the bench? Obviously u dont watch a lot of kings basketball (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but jimmer has seem to have left his shooting back at the temple.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      True – Fredette is struggling with his consistency.

      But that guy has some sweet moves. If you watched the game last night, there were a couple of occasions where he just made his defender look silly…he’s got very good footwork and body awareness, which allows himself to get decent looks even though he’s not an elite-level athlete.

  6. magicfanintn - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    “Kings sign Aaron Brooks to back up Isaiah Thomas as point guard.”

    I think the starting spot is Thomas’ to lose.

  7. moseskkim - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Thomas is the starter. Brooks is a really good player but so is Jason terry, Jamal Crawford, and other great 6 men. Brooks should come off the bench. As for jimmer, he can’t handle the ball and shoots super long 3’s that don’t go in often. He should go to a veteran team

  8. trickybastard - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    “Kings sign Aaron Brooks to take over point guard duties”

    Talk about mistating…this is pure speculation reported to look as fact. WRONG. It just smacks of not having knowledge of the Kings organization.

    Isaiah Thomas will be the starter.

  9. desertdog5 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM


  10. latrops - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    It seems to me that the best role for Jimmer right now is as an off the bench scorer. Backup pg or 2 guard, doesn’t matter, just give him the green light. When he is hot, play him more, when he is cold, do other things.

  11. latrops - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I don’t know whether Brooks or Thomas will ultimately be the starter. Brooks is a good player and brings a little more size, though probably not enough to really be considered a significant defensive upgrade. I could definitely see him beating out Thomas. I like them both, but their games are pretty similar. The Kings have plenty of offense first guards when you throw in Thornton, Jimmer, and even Tyreke…..whatever position he plays. Brooks adds to the depth and gives the team two players that can start at the point, but he doesn’t likely make the Kings much better. Hopefully Thomas Robinson brings the intensity and toughness that the Kings lack and rubs off on Cousins and the rest of the team. There is enough talent on this team to surprise if they gel and actually try to play hard on defense.

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