The Mavericks keep adding to their depth. Tonight, it's being reported that Dallas will sign former New Orleans forward Al-Farouq Aminu to a two-year deal at the veteran's minimum, with a player option on the second year. Chris Hayes of Comcast Sports Northwest was first on the report:
Free agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu has reached an agreement with Dallas, league sources inform @CSNNW.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 24, 2014
Followed soon after by a Tim MacMahon confirmation:
Mavs will sign F Al-Farouq Aminu, agent Raymond Brothers said.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 24, 2014
For those unfamiliar, Aminu is a 6-foot-9 multi-position forward who has spent the last four years in New Orleans. He's basically not an offensive threat, but has the length to be a reasonable wing defender. Given the glut of offensive talent on the Dallas roster, this type of signing might be quite brilliant..
Thus far, reactions from around the internet are positive. Our own Hal Brown was quite high on Aminu in his free agent previews:
It appears the Mavericks may sign Aminu for the minimum as well:
Wait, the Mavs probably going to get Aminu for the minimum? That's highway robbery.— David Vertsberger (@_Verts) July 24, 2014
Because I am a grump, my immediate reaction was not great, but the enthusiasm from all corners of Mavericks Twitter is getting me excited. Though he's not a scorer, Aminu is the kind of multi-skilled player that Rick Carlisle could put in a variety of positions to succeed.