Guard Armoni Brooks has turned his encouraging 2020-21 season into a multi-year deal with the Houston Rockets. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets gave Brooks a four-year deal on Thursday.
Reportedly, the first year of the deal is guaranteed while the remaining three have “trigger dates.” The financial details of the agreement remained undisclosed.
After being undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, Brooks spent time in the G League where he caught the attention of the Rockets. Houston signed him to a two-way deal in April this year, and he ended up putting surprisingly strong performances over the stretch of 20 games. The 23-year-old averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in his first season in NBA while also shooting 38.2 percent behind the arc.
Brooks also impressed during the preseason, averaging 10.0 points in three games despite playing just 13.2 minutes per contest. He was especially lethal from deep, making nine three-pointers out of 16 attempts.
This probably made Houston realize they have a possibly hidden gem on their hands, so they moved swiftly to lock Brooks on a long-term deal. This was probably a smart decision, as he pairs well with the rest of the team’s young core and should be an important player in the rotation for the 2021-22 season.