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Bulls and free agent Brooks closing in on deal

Brooks will add scoring and penetration to the point guard spot for the Bulls
Brooks will add scoring and penetration to the point guard spot for the Bulls
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With the loss of D.J. Augustin, who signed a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, the Bulls were in need of additional help at the point guard spot, even with Derrick Rose back healthy and the re-signing of Kirk Hinrich.

Enter free-agent point guard Aaron Brooks, who the Bulls are close to coming to terms on a deal. CSNChicago first reported the interest between Chicago and the seventh-year guard out of Oregon, who spent last season with the Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets. The Tribune reported that the two were nearing a deal.

CSNChicago also reported the Bulls had interest in Jameer Nelson, who the Orlando Magic waived this summer, and Utah's John Lucas III, who is a Tom Thibodeau favorite, but currently under a non-guaranteed deal for next season.

Brooks, deal is likely to be for the veteran's minimum. His addition will bring the Bulls' roster to 12 players who are under contract.

While just a bit under his listed 6-foot, Brooks add speed and is a career 36.8 percent shooter from three-point range. He shot a career high of 40 percent last season. He would take ball-handling duties away from Rose and Hinrich as the pair could alternate to shooting guard. His ability to break his defender down and collapse defenses will also benefit the Bulls' improved outside shooting.

The 29-year-old has spent most of his career with Houston, with pit stops in Phoenix, Sacramento and Denver.

The Bulls have had success in the past with small back-up, scoring point guards under Thibodeau; C.J. Watson, Lucas, Nate Robinson and Augustin last season.

For his career, Brooks has averages of 11.1 points and 3.4 assists.