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

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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.