According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets have agreed to a trade that will swap Jordan Hamilton and Aaron Brooks. The Nuggets have been shopping Hamilton heavily over the last couple of years, and the Rockets decided that they could use another talented wing player. Denver has been searching for a backup point guard to replace recently traded veteran point guard Andre Miller, and this was a good deal that presented itself.
Hamilton has played in 39 games with the Nuggets this season, starting 11 of those games. He has averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, and will likely have the same type of role with the Rockets. They have been searching for some wing depth, and the 23 year old Hamilton has a bright future that the Rockets can help develop as well. This is a good move for the Rockets’ depth and he could get some minutes to help down the stretch of the regular season.
Aaron Brooks will take over as a primary backup to Ty Lawson in Denver, and will see a major minute increase. Brooks has averaged 7.0 points and 1.9 assists per game in 43 games with the Rockets this season. The Nuggets came into the day searching for a backup point guard that could score the basketball, and that is exactly what Brooks will be able to do. There is no doubt that he’ll put up good numbers with the 18-20 minutes per game that he will likely get under Brian Shaw in Denver.
This was a good trade for both sides that helped out the depth for both rosters. Neither player is going to be a huge reason that their teams make a playoff run, but if their number is called upon, they are both able to perform at a high level.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.