Didn't see this coming and honestly not sure how I feel about it. Goran Dragic has not had a good season for sure but I still believe in his upside and while Aaron Brooks can score the ball, he's a horrible defender. Brooks is also a restricted free agent so he will need to be paid next year while Dragic had a team option on his contract for 2011-12.
Dragic is certainly a favorite of mine. I like his game and his make up but there's no doubt he took a big step back this season. The front office people that believed in him and brought him to the Suns are gone and over the past few weeks there were signs that the coaching staff was losing some faith in him. I still think he'll turn out fine and am not sure the Suns won't end up regretting this.
The price for Brooks was not only Dragic but the Suns first round pick. If the Suns make the playoffs, Houston gets the Phoenix 2011 pick. If the Suns don't make the playoffs the Rockets get the Orlando pick acquired in the trade in December.
What do you all think? Did the Suns give up on Dragic too soon or is Brooks a guy you can get behind for the future thanks to his speed and scoring ability?
The Suns were also reportedly involved in a possible deal for Paul Millsap that would have cost Robin Lopez and Mickael Pietrus. Not sure how solid that is or what happened. Stay tuned for more on that.
[Note by Seth Pollack, 02/24/11 2:11 PM MST ]
A bit more on Brooks...
Rockets guard Brooks suspended for walking off court | NBA Basketball | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
Frustrated for weeks about his diminished role, Rockets guard Aaron Brooks will have no role at all tonight against the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets suspended Brooks for one game for leaving the court in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center, general manager Daryl Morey said.