After spending the 2011/12 season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, Aaron Brooks is back in the United States and ready to explore NBA free agency. The guard says that he will keep his options open but sounds as though he will prioritize opportunities to start.
“I want to be a starter,” the 27-year-old told Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. “I definitely feel that I’m a starter in this league. If I’m not a starter, I’m definitely trying to be Sixth Man of the Year. No matter what happens, I want to go out there and outplay my contract. I want to be successful and contribute to a team.”
The Suns have exclusive negotiating rights with Brooks until July because of his decision to spend the season outside of the NBA. The club remains undecided on what course of action they will take.
In March, General Manager Lance Blanks visited Brooks in China to check in with the point guard and discuss his possible future with the team. Brooks was told that the club would first wait to see what happens with Steve Nash before entering into talks with him.