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Al-Farouq Aminu | Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Wake Forest
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The Blazers have officially signed F's Al-Farouq Aminu and Ed Davis.
No surprise here. They could start at small forward and power forward, respectively, and both players will be worth later looks in fantasy leagues. Jul 9 - 1:24 AM

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Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Trail Blazers.

Aminu was reportedly a target of the Celtics, Raptors, Pelicans, Knicks and Mavericks, but Portland ponied up a lot of cash to bring him to Rip City. The Blazers recently traded Nicolas Batum and could lose Wesley Matthews and Arron Afflalo in free agency, so Aminu will almost certainly be starting at small forward on opening night. Aminu averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 30.0 minutes per game during the playoffs last season, so we know what he can do with an expanded role. Aminu is shaping up to be a steal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts next season.
Jul 1 - 12:27 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu is scheduled to visit with New York, Boston, Portland, Toronto and New Orleans in the coming weeks.

Aminu will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it looks like he is drawing plenty of interest around the league. The Mavs will also be in the mix to retain Aminu, and he reportedly would "love to re-sign" with Dallas, but a more lucrative offer from another team could easily change that narrative. From a fantasy perspective, Aminu would have the most opportunity to produce with the Knicks.

Al-Farouq Aminu has officially opted out of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The Mavs would like to resign Aminu, and Aminu has reportedly said he'd love to resign, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of deal he can land during free agency. If Aminu does return to Dallas, he'd likely remain in a bench role, so his fantasy value would be limited to deeper leagues.
Jun 25 - 4:59 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to retain Al-Farouq Aminu with an enticing offer this summer.

Aminu is expected to opt-out of his current contract to pursue a bigger deal in free agency and will have no shortage of suitors. While his regular season numbers don't jump off the page, the 24-year-old stepped up his game in the postseason and averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.6 blocks in five games against the Rockets. If he's able to secure more minutes with another team (or an expanded role with the Mavericks), Aminu could end up being a late-round value in fantasy drafts next season.
Source: Mavs.com
May 7 - 1:05 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu would like to stay with the Dallas Mavericks when he becomes a free agent this summer.

While Aminu could elect to stay with the Mavericks by staying in his current contract, he'll have the opportunity to make quite a bit more money by opting out of his contract and signing with the Mavericks or elsewhere. "People are still playing now, so it’s hard to tell, but I really want to," Aminu said. "Nobody likes moving and different things like that. I’ve been in L.A. then I went to New Orleans and now here. It’s always better to stay where you’re at but things happen. But it would be nice." Aminu will have plenty of suitors this summer, so there's a very good chance we'll be writing about his fantasy potential on a new team once free agency hits.
May 7 - 9:30 AM

The Celtics are reportedly likely to pursue Al-Farouq Aminu as a free agent this offseason if they are unable to re-sign Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko.

Aminu played well for the Mavericks this season, particularly during their postseason push in which he averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 54.8 percent from the field. His value next year will be dependent upon where he lands, but he'll need at least 25 minutes per game to be able to put up any meaningful value in standard leagues. He'll be an intriguing free agent to watch this offseason.
Source: CSNNE.com
Apr 30 - 4:49 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu will opt-out of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and test free agency.

Aminu will decline the $1.1 million player option on his contract and is all but assured to get a larger offer in free agency. "I think it makes the most sense to me," he said. "You just look for a great fit. This year, I think I found one. Hopefully, I can do the same." Aminu is still just 24 and is coming off a solid season during which he averaged 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks in just 18.5 minutes per game. While he'll have plenty of suitors in free agency, Aminu will need to see upwards of 25 minutes per game to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 30 - 12:37 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu said he will likely decline his player option and become a free agent.

He still wants to return to the Mavs and said he loves the team and city. Aminu is probably making the right call at age 24 and is coming off a solid season. The Mavs played him at small forward much more in the postseason and that may continue next year, assuming he's back.
Apr 29 - 2:29 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu finished Tuesday's Game 5 loss with 14 points, one 3-pointer, nine rebounds and two assists, adding five steals before fouling out in 36 minutes.

Fittingly, Aminu's name translates to the phrase, "The chief has arrived." The Chief has been impressive in a bench role all season and he finally got a chance to shine as a starter in Games 4 and 5 with Chandler Parsons (knee) out of commission. Aminu will undoubtedly opt out of his contract to enter free agency this season and he's sure to be a hot commodity.
Apr 28 - 11:19 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu started Sunday's must-win Game 4 and made a career-high three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

Injuries forced Rick Carlisle to start Aminu tonight but it was a logical move, as Aminu had been playing far less than his excellent per-minute production warranted. Tonight's 3-point accuracy seems like a fluke but Aminu should have locked down a starting job for Game 5 with this performance, as Chandler Parsons (knee) is done for the season and Richard Jefferson is best utilized in short spurts off the bench.
Apr 27 - 12:41 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action.
Apr 24 - 10:08 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu double-doubled in 29 minutes on Monday, scoring 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting (including a three) with 10 rebounds, three assists and one block.

Aminu isn't known for his shooting and you'll usually see a little bit more in the defensive stat categories. He has a great chance of seeing this much playing time on Wednesday against the Blazers so give him a hard look.
Apr 14 - 4:11 AM

Updating a previous item, the Mavs will start Rajon Rondo, Raymond Felton, Richard Jefferson, Charlie Villanueva and Amare Stoudemire.

A previous report had J.J. Barea and Al-Farouq Aminu in the starting lineup, but that's not the case now. Hopefully, those two guys are not resting tonight.
Apr 13 - 9:00 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu played 31 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with seven points, seven boards, one assist and three steals.

Dirk Nowitzki played just 23 minutes, so Aminu won't get this much playing time most nights. He will get some extra run at small forward and should still do enough in 23-26 minutes to warrant consideration in standard leagues.
Apr 5 - 1:42 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Tim Frazier
3Phil Pressey
SG1Gerald Henderson
2C.J. McCollum
3Allen Crabbe
4Pat Connaughton
5Daniel Diez
SF1Al-Farouq Aminu
2Moe Harkless
3Mike Miller
PF1Ed Davis
2Meyers Leonard
3Noah Vonleh
4Cliff Alexander
C1Mason Plumlee
2Chris Kaman