HoopsHype Al-Farouq Aminu rumors


December 14, 2011 Updates
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The New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers are close to completing a trade deal involving Chris Paul, sources confirmed early Monday morning. The Hornets would acquire center Chris Kaman, second year backup guard Eric Bledsoe, second year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round draft pick. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Clippers would send the Hornets center Chris Kaman, backup second-year guard Eric Bledsoe, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the No. 1 draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves that is unprotected in the 2012 draft, considered to be one of the best in recent years. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the NBA have to sign off on the deal. A package from the Lakers for Paul was turned down by the league. The NBA will probably review the Clippers deal Monday. Los Angeles Times

Two sources told SI.com early Sunday that the Clippers and Hornets had re-engaged in discussions, and a source close to Clippers second-year guard Eric Bledsoe said late Sunday night that he was under the impression a deal had been agreed upon and that he would likely be traded to the Hornets. When reached by phone late Sunday night and asked if an agreement in principle had been reached, Clippers team president Andy Roeser declined comment to SI.com. According to the L.A. Times , the Hornets would receive Bledsoe, center Chris Kaman, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Clippers' unprotected, 2012 first-round draft pick that New Orleans general manager Dell Demps has coveted all along. The deal must still be approved by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and the NBA, which owns the Hornets. The L.A Times claims the league will likely review the deal on Monday. SI.com

December 8, 2011 Updates

Another source indicated Wednesday night that New Orleans wasn't interested in the Clippers' second-year forward, Al-Farouq Aminu, as part of the package, either. Aminu would be more expendible if the Clippers sign Mavericks free agent small forward Caron Butler, who visited them Monday night, or Detroit's Tayshaun Prince. Butler was in New Jersey Wednesday night visiting with the Nets, after very positive meetings earlier in the week with the Bulls and Spurs. NBA.com

December 7, 2011 Updates

The Clippers are offering a package, according to sources, that includes guard Eric Bledsoe, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and the unprotected 2012 first-round pick the Clippers currently possess from the Timberwolves. Another source was adamant Tuesday that the Clippers have not included rising star guard Eric Gordon in any package for Paul, preferring to keep Gordon and Blake Griffin together to team with Paul in their own "SuperFriends" team like the Heat. NBA.com

November 15, 2011 Updates

“I didn’t think there was reason to vote,” Aminu said. “I had the uttermost confidence in our guys that if they felt there was a good deal on the table, they would have informed us about it.” CSNNW.com

They are represented by Raymond Brothers who has negotiated an unusual deal that has allowed their clients’ 2010-11 salaries to be spread out over a 18 or 24 month period in the case a lockout took place. As a result, Aminu is still getting paid. Not sure he's going to feel this nuclear winter. “I’m not overly concerned about the lockout right now. All I’m doing is working out seven days a week and saving money,” Aminu said to CSNNW. “I don’t have a lavish lifestyle and that helps me so that I won’t think that I have extra money.” CSNNW.com

October 1, 2011 Updates

Several NBA players from Atlanta are trying to put together a team to take on the other regional squads that have been assembled during the lockout. Josh Smith, Jarrett Jack, Anthony Morrow and Lou Williams have been working out together this summer and are hoping to assemble “Team Atlanta” in the near future. Eligible players would include Dwight Howard, J.J. Hickson, Al Thornton, Jordan Hill, Derrick Favors, Al-Farouq Aminu, Kwame Brown, Josh Powell, Jodie Meeks, Toney Douglas and Jarvis Hayes among others. HoopsWorld

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I interviewed Aminu before Oklahoma City Thunder game on April 2 (the huge comeback game), right after I listened to the VDN presser and found out that Randy Foye was going to start at small forward, not Al-Farouq Aminu. Aminu was slumped in his seat next to his locker, slowly snacking away at an apple. He answered my questions, just like he always, but he was clearly unhappy. When I asked him about Ryan Gomes being injured he only responded with an apathetic reply. “Gomes ain’t playing?” He went back to snacking at his apple. I asked him if he thought he would get more minutes with Gomes out. “Nah, not really. Never know what the rotations are, sometimes what’s his name plays… Randy Foye. So, being a rookie I just, whenever I’m out there, I’m out there.” ClipperBlog.com

Aminu clearly stressed the disconnect and/or disappointment between him and VDN, because VDN had just told the press that Foye would start, and his references to his teammate, Foye, were clearly dismissive. ClipperBlog.com

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