Chicago works on final agreement with Aaron Brooks
Brooks, a former star at Franklin High, played last season for the Nuggets and Rockets.
Seattle Times news services
The Bulls are working to finalize an agreement with free-agent guard Aaron Brooks, the former Franklin High star, according to league sources.
One source said the deal isn’t finished but talks are in the advanced stages. Brooks, 29, would be added on a veteran’s minimum exception to add scoring prowess in a reserve role.
A six-year NBA veteran who also played a season in China, Brooks has averaged 11.1 points and 3.4 assists for four teams. The 6-footer won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2009-10 after averaging 19.8 points for the Rockets while starting all 82 games. He split time between the Rockets and Nuggets last season.
Coincidentally, the Nuggets acquired him after former Rainier Beach and UW star Nate Robinson suffered a knee injury. Now Brooks could be plugged into the reserve scoring role for the Bulls in which Robinson once shined.
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The NBA superstar turned to social media to help him choose which number he’ll wear next season with the Cavaliers. James wrote ‘’6 or 23 ...’’ on his Twitter account and posted photos on Instagram of him wearing No. 6 and No. 23 wine and gold Cavs jerseys.
James wore No. 6 during his four seasons with Miami and also on the U.S. Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland.
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All along, he wanted to stay put.
Andersen made it official when he signed a two-year, $10 million contract late Friday to remain with the Heat.
• The Washington Wizards have acquired forward Kris Humphries from the Boston Celtics for a protected 2015 second-round draft pick.
Humphries appeared in 69 games, averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds last season with Boston.
• Cleveland’s Andrew Bynum could sit out the 2014-15 season to undergo knee therapy procedure, his agent, David Lee, told the New York Post.