Suns withdraw qualifying offer to Brooks
JUL 07, 2012 4:57p ET
Brooks, who did not play with the Suns last season because he signed a contract in China shortly before the completion of the NBA lockout, appeared in 25 games with Phoenix in 2010-11, averaging 9.6 points and 4.2 assists in 18.9 minutes per game.
The 27-year old became expendable when the Suns selected point guard Kendall Marshall with the 13th pick in the draft and then agreed to terms with free-agent point guard Goran Dragic -- whom the Suns traded to the Rockets to acquire Brooks at the 2011 trading deadline -- to a four-year, $40 million contract.
The Suns also have backup point guard Sebastian Telfair under contract for the next two years, giving them sufficient depth at the position despite the impending sign-and-trade of Steve Nash to the Lakers.