Report: Pacers agree to one-year, $2.5 million contract with Aaron Brooks

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The Pacers want to run a more dynamic up-tempo offense, and that meant changing point guards.

They traded for their starter in Jeff Teague, and now they’ve signed a backup in Aaron Brooks.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

This would fit into the $2,898,000 room exception. So, the Pacers will probably wait to make the deal official, using the rest of their cap space first. Renegotiating and extending Teague’s contract appears to be a priority.

In a thin field of free agent point guards, it was hard to do much better than Brooks at this point. But that doesn’t make him a safe choice. At age 31, the undersized quick point guard has already begun to show signs of decline. His penetrating skills have slipped, and he was never a good defender.

At least it’s just a one-year deal, so Indiana isn’t stuck. And if Brooks doesn’t work out this season — when the Pacers are a trendy choice to secure home-court advantage in the first round — Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey can always work as primary ball-handlers.