Sacramento Kings agree to sign guard Aaron Brooks

The Sacramento Kings and free agent guard Aaron Brooks today have agreed in principle to a contract, according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

“We’re really excited about the prospect of Aaron joining the team,” said Petrie. “The fact that he’s chosen to play for the Kings makes us feel good about what he’ll be able to provide to us on the court. Aaron’s another young player who brings a lot of speed, quickness, experience and scoring ability.”

Brooks, a four-year NBA veteran, led the Guandong Southern Tigers of the China Basketball Association to the Finals while leading the team in points (22.3), assists (4.8) and steals (1.9) per game this past season. Selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round (26th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft, Brooks has amassed NBA career averages of 12.5 points (.411 FGs, .363 3FGs, .850 FTs), 3.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in 272 outings with Houston and Phoenix. His best statistical season occurred during the 2009-10 campaign when he averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game with the Rockets, which resulted in winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. Brooks was traded by Houston to the Suns on February 24, 2011.

A native of Seattle, Brooks enjoyed a four-year career at the University of Oregon, recording career averages of 13.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in 115 contests.