Al-Farouq Aminu Rumors

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Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
Position: F
Born: 09/21/90
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
With that said, which free agent big (out of Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan) do you think we have the best chance of landing? It’s clear that’s what we’re going to target on July 1st, so I’m interested. Maybe use that “godfather’ type offer to pry Boogie from Sac-Town? David Aldridge: Out of that group, I’d say Love. But the Celtics will be in the mix for a lot of other guys, including Dallas’ Al-Faroqu Aminu, who had a strong season with the Mavs last year on a one-year deal. Boston isn’t going to just reach for the big names; there are a lot of good players who could help the Cs that wouldn’t break the bank. And remember, Boston still has that monstrous $12.9 million traded player exception from the Rajon Rondo trade last December.
The problem for the Mavs is that they aren’t likely to have the full midlevel exception ($5.46 million) and the cap-room exception ($2.81 million) probably won’t be enough to pay Aminu market value. In other words, the Mavs should plan on needing to use some of their precious cap space to pay Aminu. The Mavs will explore options to dump Raymond Felton’s $3.95 million in a trade, preferring to use that money to pay Aminu. If the Mavs can’t move Felton in a deal, they could opt to waive him via the stretch provision, which would chop two-thirds of his salary off the team’s 2015-16 cap, creating a chunk of space that could help keep Aminu.
The question is how the Mavs will manage to afford Aminu while making significant upgrades this summer. That might not be simple after Aminu increased his value last season. The former lottery pick arrived as a minimum-salary reclamation project, rode pine for most of the first two months and then proved that he could be a do-it-all defender. He probably made some money in the playoffs, finishing strong by averaging 15 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals in the final three games. League sources estimate that the market for Aminu will be in the $4 million per year range.