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Bulls close to signing veteran guard Aaron Brooks

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Denver Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks, left, passes ball as Golden State Warriors guard Steve Blake defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ORG XMIT: CODZ109

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Updated: August 21, 2014 7:07AM



If Tom Thibodeau really is the guard whisperer, Aaron Brooks could make a lot of money next offseason.

According to a Bulls source, the team was about to finalize a deal for Brooks as of Saturday night, with the 29-year-old added on a veteran’s minimum exception. Considering the injuries suffered by Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich the last two seasons, Brooks could come in handy.

Two years ago, Thibodeau turned around the career of guard Nate Robinson. Last year, Thibodeau took an unemployed D.J. Augustin and revitalized his career. Robinson received a two-year deal from the Nuggets, and Augustin signed with the Pistons last week.

Brooks has averaged 11.1 points and 3.4 assists for four teams. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2009-10 after averaging 19.8 points for the Rockets while starting all 82 games.

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