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Report: Bulls finalizing deal to add Aaron Brooks to backcourt

Jul 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com 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.

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