Feb 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks (0) brings the ball up the court during the first half against the Sacramento Kings at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Aaron Brooks didn't want to come to Denver. Then he - quickly - changed his mind.
The former Houston Rockets point guard received the call requesting the approval of his trade to the Nuggets due to the fact that he has a no-trade clause in his contract. They even gave Brooks some time to himself to make a decision.
"They gave me a thirty-minute deadline and I said no," Brooks recounted Monday. "Then I talked to [head coach Brian] Shaw and [former teammate Jared Jeffries] and they convinced me to come. I'm happy I did it."
Jeffries is retired but hosts a fishing show on the Outdoor Channel, which is owned by Kroenke Sports. Denver shipped guard Jordan Hamilton to Houston for Brooks to solidify the Nuggets' gaping void at point guard.
Brooks was highly sought after - especially being a capable game manager, on the NBA trade deadline and because he had an expiring contract. (He will be a free agent following this season.) The choice he eventually came to was based on the promising signs he saw from this Nuggets squad, even despite the numerous injuries.
"There were about five teams that asked me to leave. Denver is an up-and-coming team and I think that they have talent," he said. "I thought Denver was a good opportunity."
The fit is already working - Brooks scored 17 points against Chicago and dished out 8 assists in the Nuggets game against Sacramento.
Then again it almost never was for him and the Nuggets, but he's glad he reconsidered their offer.
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