AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) -- Aaron Brooks is back with the Houston Rockets and he's back with an all-new cast.
The 6-foot Brooks signed with Houston on Tuesday, returning to the team that drafted him with the 26th overall pick in 2007. The Rockets traded Brooks in February 2011 and have since changed coaches and completely rebuilt the roster.
When Brooks walked into his first practice, he didn't see a single teammate from his previous time in Houston.
"A whole bunch of new guys," Brooks said. "But everybody seems pretty cool and I'm happy to be back."
To make room for Brooks, the Rockets waived forward Tyler Honeycutt, who was acquired from Sacramento in a multi-player trade just before the deadline. Houston picked up rookie Thomas Robinson and Francisco Garcia in that deal and now add Brooks, who averaged eight points and 2.3 assists in 46 games for the Kings this season.
Brooks was waived by Sacramento on Friday, and he becomes the third point guard on Houston's roster, joining Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley. Coach Kevin McHale said it was too early to tell how he would use Brooks or how quickly he would work into the rotation.
"Aaron's comfortable with Houston, he's been here before, so hopefully that will help him," McHale said. "It's his first day, he's got to figure out a lot of new stuff."
The Rockets (33-28) hold the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference heading into Wednesday's game in Dallas. The Rockets routed the Mavericks 136-103 on Sunday night, Houston's fourth win in six games and the last thing Brooks wants to do is upset chemistry.
"It's a good team, Lin is playing well and Patrick's playing well," Brooks said. "That gives you a little bit of time to kind of ease your way into it and kind of fit in."
Brooks, 28, played his first 3
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