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Trevor Ariza's Departure Might Please Aaron Brooks

The Houston Rockets accomplished two things when they dealt Trevor Ariza to the New Orleans Hornets and received Courtney Lee from the New Jersey Nets in last week’s four-team, five-player trade: they saved a bunch of money and added an efficient three-point shooter who’s a better fit for Rick Adelman’s motion offense. But a new report from Gary Washburn of indicates it may have made star point guard Aaron Brooks, winner of last year’s Most Improved Player award, happier:

The departure of Ariza may help team chemistry in Houston, as he had a troubled relationship with point guard Aaron Brooks.

It’s tough to say what might have caused that rift, but there’s no reason not to trust Washburn, a veteran reporter with a solid reputation.

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