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Indiana Pacers Sign PG Aaron Brooks

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Pacers agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with free agent point guard Aaron Brooks on Monday, July 18. The 6-foot, 185 lb. point guard spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. Brooks will enter upon his ninth year in the NBA at the age of 31.

Rumors of Brooks to Indiana broke on Sunday, July 10, when Shams Charania of The Vertical tweeted that Brooks is in “advanced discussions” on a one-year contract. Brooks started his career in 2007 with the Houston Rockets and has played for the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets and previously mentioned Chicago Bulls.

Photo: Aaron Brooks (Barry Gossage/Getty Images)
Photo: Aaron Brooks (Barry Gossage/Getty Images)

Brooks appeared in 69 games during the 2015-2016 season all off the bench. He averaged 7.1 points, 2.6 assists, 1.5 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 1.2 turnovers per game while shooting 40.1% from the field and 35.7% from three. Brooks is a career 41.3% shooter from the field, including 37% from deep. Brooks is also a career 84% shooter from the free throw line.

Brooks should slide in behind PG Jeff Teague as the backup point guard in Indiana. Expect Brooks and second-year G Joe Young to compete for minutes throughout the season. The Pacers are now equipped with two former Oregon point guards, both weighing under 190 pounds.

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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