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Rockets officially sign Aaron Brooks and Reggie Williams

Jul 19, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

Aaron Brooks AP

Now that the Rockets have Dwight Howard, the goal is to surround him and the rest of the team’s core with enough talent and depth to build a contending team.

With that goal in mind, the Rockets have officially added two perimeter threats that should be able to take advantage of the space Howard creates when bullying his way in the post.

Per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the team has inked point guard Aaron Brooks and swingman Reggie Williams to contracts:

The Rockets are quite familiar with Brooks who was brought back to the team for his second stint last season at the trade deadline. Brooks gave the Rockets some depth at point guard behind Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverly, offering a change of pace to both players by using his quickness and scoring instincts to create offensively.

Heading into next year, Brooks will likely retain that role as the 3rd point guard, but offers insurance in the back court should the Rockets end up moving Jeremy Lin in a trade for the third star that can complement both Howard and James Harden.

Williams, meanwhile, offers the Rockets some needed depth on the wing behind Harden, Chandler Parsons, and Francisco Garcia. Williams has languished in Charlotte, only appearing in 73 games over the past two seasons and saw his minutes and points per game dip to 9.5 and 3.7 respectively. That said, if he can recapture some of the explosive offensive ability he flashed in Golden State, he can be a serviceable pick up.

And, really, that’s the point of what the Rockets are doing at this point. They landed their big fish in Howard and it’s now about finding the right pieces to fill in the gaps and make the team as strong as possible. In Brooks and, potentially, Williams they’ve done just that.

  1. kb2408 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    “Big fish”? More like a minnow. D12 has the body of Hercules…but the mind and heart of a adolescent. He just wants to have fun. Rings mean nothing to him. He says all the right things about winning. But talking about winning and actually winning are two very different things. To quote a five time champion who shall remain nameless, “You don’t know how to win…let me show you”. I could be wrong (but I doubt it) but he’s going to join the ranks of good to great players that never won anything.

  2. dezglobal - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Small potatoes.

  3. somekat - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Not sure what assets they have left that would warrant a trade for a 3rd star. Outside of Harden and Howard, who is attractive on that roster? Who is anywhere near attractive enough to bring back a star? It’s possible they could pull some sort of sign and trade with a UFA next year, when they may be able to convince a team that some of those guys and a low first or two, is better than getting nothing. Lin would also look more attractive after getting past his poison season

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Chandler Parsons is attractive around the league. Also, when some team’s big gets injured they will talk to the Rockets about Asik, he played well last your.

      • somekat - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        Parsons isn’t bad, but he’s not a game changer. If he was, Houston would just hold on to him and call it a day.

        If it’s going to take injuries before someone even wants to approach the rockets about Asik, he’s not going to bring a star back.

        I’m not saying they can’t move these guys, they are decent players, and someone will take them. I am saying they can’t get a star back. Any team giving up a star knows that any picks they get back are going to be 25+ because it’s going to be a 3 star team. So those picks have little value. I’m sure they could move them for parts that fit their needs more than those 2 currently do, but they aren’t bringing back a star

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