NBA Trades: Dealing Goran Dragic For Aaron Brooks Earns Suns 'D' Grade

Trade specifics: Phoenix Suns acquire Aaron Brooks; Houston Rockets acquire Goran Dragic and a 2011 first-round pick (lottery-protected, sort of)

Phoenix Suns: Yeah, I don't like this one. Dragic has had a very bad year after breaking out last season, but he's still just 24 and came with a fairly cheap contract. Brooks was decent in 2009/10 (though definitely overrated and not worth winning the Most Improved Player), but he's also been awful this season. His usage is at the same astronomical rate it was last season, but his efficiency has gone from okay to mind-bogglingly terrible. He's also two years older than Dragic, and is an impending free agent. Why the Suns felt the need to also sacrifice a first-round pick in the trade (theirs if they miss the playoffs, the pick they got from Orlando if they make it) is beyond me. Grade: D

Houston Rockets: The Rockets parlayed a player they probably weren't going to keep into a younger player who is basically the same guy, plus a pick. That's pretty nice. As usual, though, Daryl Morey eventually has to do something with these assets instead of turning them into more assets. Grade: B+

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