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July 20, 2012
Aaron Brooks: Sacramento Kings are a good fit

By Ailene Voisin
Bee Sports Columnist

MC_KINGS_BROOKS_06.JPGAaron Brooks, the free agent guard who officially signed a two-year, $6 million deal Thursday, said he chose the Sacramento Kings because he liked the fit.

The former Houston Rockets first-round draft pick spent the NBA's 2011-12 season in China playing for the Quandong Southern Tigers.

"As I was making my decision, I was looking for a team that liked to play the way I like to play," Brooks said Friday during his late morning introductory press conference. "That is, get up and down, that has a great big man (DeMarcus Cousins) and great guards, and a team that's up and coming."

Brooks, who was traded to Phoenix Suns in February 2011, spent most of his time sidelined with a sprained ankle. Previously, he was a favorite of Rockets coach Rick Adelman and named the league's Most Improved Player in 2009-10.

The addition of Brooks further crowds a backcourt that already includes Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette. While unwilling to contribute to trade speculation, Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie acknowleged that the Kings were open to additional moves via trades.

His pursuit of the 6-foot, 161-pound Brooks dates back to the Seattle native's college career at Oregon. Petrie tried to acquire an additional first-round pick in 2007 to acquire the Ducks' standout.

"We're really excited to have him," Petrie added. "He brings great quickness and speed, and the ability to score the ball in a variety of ways."

PHOTO: Aaron Brooks is introduced in Sacramento on Friday, July 20, 2012. Manny Crisostomo/Sacramento Bee

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