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Report: Indiana Pacers expected to sign Aaron Brooks to one-year deal

The Pacers need shooting, but adding the inconsistent eight-year veteran has the potential to impact Shayne Whittington and Joe Young's place with the team.

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Like C.J. Watson before him, the Indiana Pacers are in "advanced discussions" with another former Chicago Bulls reserve point guard, Aaron Brooks, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Adding Brooks, who averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 assists on 40 percent shooting during his second season with the Bulls, would bring Indiana's roster to the full 15-player maximum, with second-round draft pick Georges Niang still not officially inked.

Assuming Niang's versatility and decision making are enough to earn him the team's final roster spot, signing the 31-year-old point guard has the potential to spell the end for Shayne Whittington's tenure with the Blue & Gold before it ever really gets a chance to start, as the August 1 deadline to pickup or decline his option fast approaches.

After improving his three-point conversion rate to 38 percent over the final full month of the D-League season, Whittington averaged less than one attempt (0.4) per game at the Orlando Pro Summer League. A real oddity, given that it appeared he was working to extend his shooting range with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, as he attempted the second-most (168) shots of anyone on the team from that distance.

Bringing on the eight-year veteran also has the potential to provide 2015 second-round draft pick Joe Young, who averaged 11.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 2.8 turnovers on 45 percent shooting in Orlando, with some competition for the backup point guard role next season, especially if he continues to struggle to make plays for others when his speed, shooting, or lack of size fail him.

Of course with veteran experience also comes age. If the Blue & Gold finalize a deal with Brooks, then three members of the team's backcourt rotation next season will be approaching the wrong side of 30.

Whether or not age played a role in Brooks' inconsistent play last season is unclear, but it is notable that he tallied more than twice (55) as many games where he scored fewer than 10 points as he did where he scored above that same benchmark (19).

Charania reports that the Pacers also "looked in to the possibility" of re-signing Ty Lawson. Due to poor bench productivity and his reluctance to score, Indiana was 39.3 points per 100 possessions worse with Lawson on the floor in the playoffs compared to when he was on the bench.

With such a thin class of free agent point guards from which to choose, coming to terms with Brooks, presumably for the one-year, veteran minimum, should probably be perceived as an inexpensive means for the Pacers to acquire more speed-oriented depth as well as infuse the league's worst three-point shooting bench (29%), soon to be anchored by Al Jefferson's post-heavy offense, with a career 37 percent marksman.