The Denver Nuggets approached the deadline looking for a back-up point guard after Nate Robinson went down for the season with an ACL tear.
The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, appeared to be seeking a wing-perimeter scorer. The two teams will receive help at the respective positions now after trading Jordan Hamilton for Aaron Brooks on deadline day.
Hamilton is currently shooting 34% from behind the three-point line and could give much needed help on the wing. Hamilton is also a very versatile player who can line up at the shooting guard or small forward spots and can give Houston some bench minutes from either of those positions.
The Nuggets, meanwhile, will get some much-needed support at the point-guard spot, with Robinson, Ty Lawson temporarily sidelined and veteran Andre Miller being traded to the Washington Wizards.
Brooks will play substantial minutes and at 29 he is still relatively young but has enough experience to run an offense. He proved his abilities in the 2009–10 season when he played over 35 minutes a game and averaged over 19 points and five assists.
As both teams look forward to the playoffs, even though they are in very different positions, this trade can definitely assist both squads in reaching their goals as May and June near.
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