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Mavericks signing Al-Farouq Aminu to two-year, minimum salary contract

Jul 23, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

Al-Farouq Aminu, Jae Crowder Al-Farouq Aminu, Jae Crowder

The Mavericks thought they had their forward addition in Rashard Lewis.

But Lewis failed his physical, and Dallas voided his contract.

It didn’t take the Mavericks long to sign their backup choice – Al-Farouq Aminu, the former Pelican who might actually be better than Lewis.

Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest:

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

As long as they’re still signing Jameer Nelson for the full room exception, the Mavericks could offer Aminu just a minimum salary – $981,084 this year and $1,100,602 next.

That’s excellent value for the 23-year-old.

Aminu is an exceptional rebounder for a small forward and solid defender, though his big-man-like game also extends to offense. He’s a poor perimeter shooter and his ball-handling is suspect, but I trust Rick Carlisle to use him well. Best of all, Aminu doesn’t try to do too much.

I thought Aminu could have gotten more on the open market, but if not, the Mavericks are a good fit for him – and he should help them, too. Don’t be surprised to see him opt out next summer and get a bigger contract after both sides help each other this season.

  1. smoothaswilkes - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    The one guy I thought the Lakers could actually use to help their defensively challenged roster. Great pickup by the Mavs and a great price too!

  2. iritian - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Mark Cuban and the Mavs have had maybe the best offseason in the western conference. They should have a very fun team to watch next season.

  3. casualcommenter - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Excellent pickup for the price. Good defender who is 13 years younger than Marion.

    He’s an even worse shooter than Marion, but he’s still young enough at age 23 to potentially improve in that area.

  4. patfic5 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Thus guys is underrated

  5. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Didn’t get much playing time in New Orleans I don’t know why who they even have at sf anyway good pickup Mav’s

  6. bigx21 - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Tyreke Evans at SF for Pelicans!!! You got Holiday at PG, Gordon at SG, Evans at SF, Davis at PF and Asik at C!!!

  7. mungman69 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    The Pelicans also have Ryan Anderson as he averaged over 19 points a game till he got hurt.
    But yes, Dallas has made some good moves and probably is the western team that has improved the most.

  8. ryanaammess - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Nice little move. I would have preferred the Celts picked him up instead of Turner.

  9. kcar28 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Unless it is a dunk he is not scoring. Aminu’s shot makes Joakim Noah’s look like Ray Allen.
    Athletic defender and above average rebounder at SF. Just hold your breath every time he shoots.

  10. neko123 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    can’t believe this guy gets the minimum and frye pulls down 8 mil a year. Is Parsons 15 times better than Aminu? We’ll see….

  11. davidly - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    The Mavs have had the most overrated offseason this summer. Mark my words — and you could’ve last year and the year before: Since Cuban broke his championship into pieces and flung them to the winds, his team is not headed anywhere.

  12. kcar28 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Aminu also has Derrick Rose syndrome where he has the same expression for all emotions.

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