Aaron Brooks practiced for the first time Monday with his new Denver Nuggets teammates. He and Jan Vesely were acquired Thursday before the NBA trade deadline but the team has not had a practice since the trade. (Photo by David Krause, 9News)
KUSA - After three days and two games with the Denver Nuggets, guard Aaron Brooks and forward Jan Vesely finally got to practice with their new teammates Monday.
The Nuggets acquired the two Thursday just before the NBA trade deadline, and Monday was the first time the team was in Denver to practice. They've played twice since the trade but had not practiced.
Brooks said after practice he turned down the trade to Denver from Houston but then reconsidered after talking to coach Brian Shaw.
"I actually declined it at first, then I went back and thought about it and OK'd it," Brooks said, later adding, "it wasn't just, 'I want to go out there and play' because I could have gone to a few other teams. But I thought Denver was a good opportunity."
Brooks scored 17 points in his first game with Denver on Friday at Chicago then added nine Sunday against Sacramento. Vesely had 11 points and three blocks in the past two games.
"He's done well under the circumstances - coming in and just kind of being thrown out there without having very many reps," Shaw said Monday of Brooks. "Today was really his first practice with the team. He can score. He's proven that over his career. He can lead a team and run a team. He's been a starting point guard."
Shaw said Monday that regular point guard Ty Lawson remains sidelined because of a broken rib, and the Nuggets "won't rush him back" since Denver currently is not deep in the playoff race. The Nuggets are eight games back from the final Western Conference playoff spot with 27 games to play.
The Nuggets next play Tuesday at home against Portland then Thursday against Brooklyn.
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