Report: Aaron Brooks expected to sign 1-year deal with Pacers

Update: Shams now reports that the deal is done between Brooks and the Pacers : 1 year, $2.5 million and will be signed this week.

The Pacers and Aaron Brooks are expected to come to an agreement on a 1-year deal according to Shams Charani of the Vertical.

Brooks will step into the backup point guard role ahead of 2nd-year player Joe Young. Brooks is an undersized guard, but has a great ability to score. He’s averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 assists per game in his career.

It would seem to be yet another ball-dominant, undersized guard for the Pacers, adding to Jeff Teague, Rodney Stuckey, and Monta Ellis. It’ll be interesting to see if Bird has any more moves left in his arsenal this off-season.

Brooks does have a solid shooting stroke (37% career from 3-point range) which should allow him to be more of an asset while spotting up.

Given the minutes, Joe Young has the potential to be a very similar player to Brooks as a shoot-first point guard. Perhaps this will give him an opportunity to learn from a similar player. After an injury in the first Summer League game, Young wasn’t himself and wasn’t able to convince the Pacers that he was ready to be the backup point guard.

This also puts the Pacers roster at 16 players now that they’ve signed Georges Niang to a deal as well. Rakeem Christmas and Shayne Whittington both have only partial guarantees until August 1 and are the most likely to get cut to get down to 15.

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