BOSTON, MA - MARCH 02: Aaron Brooks #0 of the Phoenix Suns heads up the court in the second half against the Boston Celtics on March 2, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Suns 115-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
As we all expected - or at least most of us did - the Suns executed the inevitable today by withdrawing their qualifying offer from Aaron Brooks.
PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns have withdrawn their qualifying offer to guard Aaron Brooks the club has announced. Brooks is now an unrestricted free agent.
The 2009-10 NBA Most Improved Player, Brooks was acquired by the Suns from the Houston Rockets at the 2011 trade deadline and appeared in 25 games with Phoenix, averaging 9.6 points and 4.2 assists in 18.9 minutes.
He likely won't be out of work next year, but with this move the Suns ensured he couldn't simply choose to return on a large one-year contract ($5.04 million) that the qualifying offer would have provided him.
It appears that the Rockets (of all teams) and Mavericks are interested in Aaron, per Alex Kennedy of hoopsworld.com via twitter. Good for Aaron. He deserves another chance.
Now with the Suns re-signing Goran Dragic and Brooks likely returning to Houston, we can pretend that the Suns gave the Rockets a first-round pick to give Dragic a chance to earn starters minutes he would never have earned here, and to mature into a full-blown NBA starter by the time Steve Nash left for other pastures. Right? Yeah, that's the ticket.