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Bulls finalizing deal with Aaron Brooks

This seemed like the obvious move, and I like it.

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Spor

Aaron Brooks seemed like an obvious candidate to be the Bulls' third point guard, and lo and behold, it's going to happen:

Brooks fits the mold of recent Bulls backup point guards not named Kirk Hinrich, as he's short, quick and can shoot the rock a bit. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists between the Rockets and Nuggets last season, all the while shooting 38.7 percent from long range. The 29-year-old is a career 36.8 percent shooter from deep.

I was quite stunned to see that Brooks nearly put up 20 points per game one season with the Rockets. That was way back in 2009-10, but the scoring ability is definitely there. Considering how good players like D.J. Augustin, Nate Robinson and John Lucas III often looked in Tom Thibodeau's system, it's not hard to envision Brooks flourishing if given the opportunity.

Don't expect Brooks to play all that much to start, but with health/age questions surrounding Hinrich and Derrick Rose, it wouldn't be a shock to see him get some decent minutes here and there. If Rose and/or Hinrich miss significant time, it's comforting to have a quality third stringer backing those two up. This is a quality signing at the minimum that I wholeheartedly endorse.