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Report: Bulls finalizing deal to add Aaron Brooks to backcourt

Jul 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

Aaron Brooks AP

Aggrey Sam of first told us about this — the Bulls are counting on a big (and full) season from Derrick Rose, and behind him Tom Thibodeau’s trusted floor general Kirk Hinrich will get minutes, but the Bulls wanted a third guard to add a little offensive spark.

They were looking at Aaron Brooks.

While there was a brief dalliance with John Lucas III, the Bulls have settled on Brooks and are close to finalizing a deal, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Sam explains the signing, which will be for the league minimum.

Another perimeter player with the ability to create his own shot is an area of need for the Bulls, who are currently projected to have 11 players under contract with the additions of veteran big man Pau Gasol, 2011 first-round draft pick Nikola Mirotic, re-signed floor general Kirk Hinrich and rookies Doug McDermott and Cameron Bairstow….

Brooks, 29, averaged nine points per game as a reserve in Denver and Houston last season, posting per-game averages of 11.9 points per game for the Nuggets while filling in for the injured Robinson. The best season for Brooks, generously listed at an even 6-foot, was the 2009-10 campaign, in which he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game in Houston.

As a third point guard used to provide an offensive punch in certain matchups, this is a good signing. Brooks is a solid veteran guard who will fit in with what should be an improved Bulls team… if everyone can just stay healthy.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Remember when Aaron Brooks averaged 20 & 5 and was a rising star? You know, like 3 years ago. What happened?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Agreed. He went to China to play during the lockout, but when he came back, no teams were terribly interested in him. No idea why he’s viewed as just a third string point guard.

      • andreboy1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        He’s really not a PG. When he played with the Kings he was a total gunner. He sure can create his own shot but he had little interest in running the team. When he came in the game it was constant disruption and confusion. But I think he can add instant offense off the bench.

  2. pooskay - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    On paper, I think you have to place CHI as the favorites in the EC. The one thing I’d be worried about is the defensive liabilities of McBuckets, Mirotic, and Dunleavy.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Agreed overall with your comment, though I actually think Dunleavy is a solid defender.

      I’d be more worried about Gasol’s defense than Dunleavy’s since Gasol is coming off a season in which he bounced back nicely on offense but was at times terrible on defense.

      Overall, I think the Bulls are the team to beat in the East if Rose comes back healthy.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Da Bulls!!!

      Yeah, but Thibs is their coach and if dudes don’t play D they don’t get much run.

      Da Bulls were 2nd in the league last season in defensive efficiency.

      They only gave up 97.8 points per 100 possessions.

      They can get “worse” and still be a top ten defensive team in the league.

      They were tied for 3rd WORST offensive efficiency in the league last season though.

    • maracineanu16 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Well, actually Thibs really likes Dun’s team defense (that means something, doesn’t it?), Doug actually is a very smart player, which means that he is potentially very coachable, so I really think that he will pick the things up quickly, and Pau is also a very smart player and an above average defender – at least muuuuch better than Boozer

    • maracineanu16 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Oh, sorry – You said Mirotic (not Pau). He is also a very good team defender, understands the rotations very well, and ny the way – he is a willing defender, so I think he also will pick the things up

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Cool! Bulls are gonna make him relevant again like they do every 3rd string PG they’ve brought in for the last few years.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      beats how the first string guys have performed the lakers have brought in the past few yrs.

      yeah, it is cool.

      the lakers super team a few yrs ago was a super flop.

      mighta done better with some good 3rd string guys come to think of it.

      and 27 & 55? that’s more like 4th string guys if you ask me.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        I’m big upping the Chicago Bulls and you’re still fascinated with bringing up the Lakers??? What’s wrong with you man? Did Kobe eff your b****? Sheeesh, at least save it for a Laker article.

      • spthegr8 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        They LOVE to hate us. I embrace it because, If I can’t have your love, I’ll take your hate.!

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM


        i read what you said as sarcastic against the bulls and the guys they brought in so since the Bulls are my team I sprung into action

        if you really meant it nicely, I’m sorry

    • ranfan12 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      the only reason the super team can be considered a flop is because they didn’t do anything meaningful. they didn’t even play a decent amount of games together

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        well that sounds like excuses to me.

        82 games were on the schedule and 82 games were played.

      • ranfan12 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        yeah, it is an excuse. if everyone had been able to stick around longer. the overall evaluation of the team would be more accurate. first people had instant contenders thoughts, now say the trade was bad in hindsight.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        you are what your record is

        that isn’t an excuse, that’s a fact.

        they put a super team together, yeah, things happened but when the season was in the books, it was a flop, period.

        the rest is coulda woulda shoulda

  4. loubearkane - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Love this pickup especially when the guy they targeted Rodney Stuckey signed with Indiana.
    Bairstow is going to be a beast.

  5. mungman69 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I watched those games against the Nets and the Bulls just couldn’t shoot. If they don’t learn how to shoot they aren’t going anywhere.

  6. fanofthegame79 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Damn, this has been a good off-season for the Bulls.

  7. txmade06 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Ever since Manu pulled that cheap move at the half that caused Brooks to roll his ankle and ultimately lose his job to Lowry he hasn’t been able to recover. He showed some flashes of his old self last year though. The bulls just picked up a VERY solid 3rd PG!

  8. sonnysuave - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    I don’t doubt that Brooks can have a comeback season with the Bulls. But at the same time… I do feel bad & still miss DJ’s contributions to the team last year & NRob’s from the year before. Both of them played their HEARTS out for the team & city! Sad to see they weren’t rewarded by being offered to stay. They loved it here.

  9. cruzan80 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Great pick for a back up PG but what are they gonna do for a starting PG????

  10. harshedmellow - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    As said above, the lockout season when Brooks went to China seemed to derail what was a VERY promising NBA career. I’m a Duck and watched him take us to the Elite 8; he’s just ridiculously quick and should be a great get for the Bulls.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Anything to get the ” GENERAL” off the floor with his career 40% shooting and his inability to beat anyone off the dribble and his fading defense that was about average at best.

  11. au1978 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    If he’s being brought in to be the 3rd guard and provide a spark off the bench, he will do exactly that for the Bulls. He’s not going to help much on defense, but the guy knows how to put points on the board with above average efficiency. Missed him during the playoffs when Bev was sick and Lin was, well, Lin.

  12. conradtwin1 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    This is a very good signing I would have rather had Sessions or Stuckey but I will take Brooks for sure he is a good player that can spell Rose and score points too!! I’d like the Bulls to sign another SF maybe Brewer can come back he can play good defense for Thibs!!

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