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Grant Napear reports that the Kings have released backup Point Guard Aaron Brooks.

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In a slightly surprising but not totally unexpected move, the Sacramento Kings today released Aaron Brooks. Details are scarce and all we have at the moment is this tweet from Grant Napear reporting the release.

Brooks was signed to a two year deal this summer with a player option for his second year. Like all the Kings' Point Guards, he has seen his minutes juggled from backup, to starter, to DNP-CDs. It didn't help matters that the Kings acquired yet another Point Guard in Toney Douglas as part of the Thomas Robinson-Patrick Patterson trade. Douglas made his debut in Sacramento's victory over Orlando on Wednesday while Brooks did not play.

In probably very related news, today is the deadline for players to be released from their contracts in order to sign with other teams and be eligible for the playoffs. When Brooks signed this summer, he was reported as having left bigger money on the table because he felt the Kings were closer to competing. Currently at 20-39, Sacramento is closer to the bottom of the league than the middle, let alone the top.

Brooks ended up playing 46 games for Sacramento, averaging 8.0 PPG, .459 FG%, .378 3P%, 2.3 APG, and 1.7 RPG in 20.8 MPG.

We'll update this story with more information as it comes in.

UPDATE 2:24 P.M.:

The release seems to be mutual, as I expected.

Brooks also released a statement from his Twitter account: