Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 5 days ago

Aminu appears in line to start at small forward for the Blazers this season after general manager Neil Olshey listed Aminu amongst Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Meyers Leonard, and Mason Plumlee on the Lowe Post podcast. "We believe that Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard, and Mason Plumlee ... can do what [our young core did when I was with the Clippers]," Olshey said.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 2 months ago

Aminu agreed Tuesday to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Blazers, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

He declined his player option with the Mavs to become a free agent, and it seemed that decision paid off. LaMarcus Aldridge is widely expected to leave Portland in free agency, and with Nicolas Batum gone and Wesley Matthews' future uncertain, the Blazers appear to all of a sudden be a rebuilding team. Aminu figures to start at small forward for the Blazers, while also offering an option to play power forward in some smaller lineups. He should be a good across-the-board contributor, specifically in rebounds, as long as he is seeing major minutes.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 4 months ago

Aminu announced Thursday that he will decline his player option for next season and become a free agent, the Dallas Morning News reports.

After a standout playoff series against the Rockets, in which Aminu averaged 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting nearly 64 percent from three, it makes sense for Aminu to test the free agency waters, as his option would pay him just $1.1 million next season. "I thin it makes the most sense to me," Aminu said. "You just look for a great fit. This year, I think I found one. Hopefully, I can do the same." Aminu, who turns 25 in September, is expected to draw considerable interest on the open market, but the Mavericks have made it clear that they'd like to bring him back on a new contract. "We hope to be in a position to reacquire his services," GM Donnie Nelson said.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 4 months ago

Aminu is unlikely to exercise his player option for the 2014-15 season, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Aminu closed the season on a strong note, playing a key role in the Mavericks' first round playoff series against the Rockets. He likely showed enough to draw considerable interest on the open market this offseason, and it appears he'll test the waters once free agency begins. Aminu noted that he'd like to return to the Mavericks, and Mavs' GM Donnie Nelson confirmed that the interest is mutual.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 4 months ago

Aminu finished strong down the stretch during his first season in Dallas. He finished the season averaging 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 74 games played.

Aminu recently revealed he will opt out of his contract and return to the free agent market. Dallas will likely look to bring him back on a more lucrative deal but he will have plenty of suitors. A fluctuating role during the regular season left his final numbers a bit lacking but a strong run in the playoffs showed there is room for continued growth. Aminu averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game during Dallas' five postseason contests and could be an interesting player to consider next season for his across-the-board contirbutions.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 4 months ago

Aminu stuffed the stat sheet in Game 5's loss to the Rockets, posting 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists, five steals, and one trey in 36 minutes of action.

Aminu has been filling in for the injured Chandler Parsons, and he's managed to do a solid job as the starting power forward. Although the Mavericks were eliminated by the Rockets after Game 5's loss, Aminu was able to finish the postseason averaging 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 4 months ago

Aminu received the first playoff start of his career Sunday and reward the Mavericks with a double-double. He finished with 16 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT) and 12 rebounds in the Game 4 win.

Dallas was able to avoid the sweep and will now travel to Houston looking to extend the series. Based on his performance, expect to see Aminu remain in the starting lineup.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 4 months ago

Aminu scored 15 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT) Friday in a Game 3 loss to the Rockets. He added five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.

Amanda played a team-high 34 minutes off the bench. He could be in line for a bigger role Sunday with Richard Jefferson nursing a calf injury.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 4 months ago

Aminu had nine points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals,and three blocks in 23 minutes off the bench Tuesday.

Aminu got the same amount of playing time as the starter, Richard Jefferson, but had a more productive all-around game. His defensive prowess gives him an edge over the veteran Jefferson and should ensure a consistent role off the bench for the rest of the Mavericks' playoff run.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF POR 4 months ago

Aminu played 19 minutes in Dallas' Game 1 loss to Houston but could be in line for bigger minutes in Game 2 as teammate Chandler Parsons is questionable to play with a knee injury. He scored two points and collected six rebounds in Saturday's loss.

Aminu could be used as a primary defender against Houston's James Harden as the Mavericks attempt to slow the MVP candidate.