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Al-Farouq Aminu talks about wanting to return to Dallas, Tyson Chandler as a mentor, more

The Mavericks finished for the season with exit interviews on Wednesday. Here's a quoteboard of what Al-Farouq Aminu said.

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On evaluating his season

"I had a lot of growth this year. Just being around these vets I learned a lot about how to conduct myself throughout the year. And I really appreciate everything from the coaching staff and the vets. I learned a lot."

On how Tyson Chandler helped

"It's funny. He was one of the first people to appreciate what I did out there on the court. I remember my wife showing me something he said in an article saying that I do a lot of stuff that doesn't always show up in the stat sheet. I appreciate people like that, that saw something in me and also taught me a lot about the game."

On whether he'd like to be back in Dallas

"I love this team. I love this city. Great guys, like I just alluded to. And the city, it's a beautiful city. I hope I can be right here."

On his player option

"I probably (won't) use my player option. [Meaning he will become a free agent this summer.] I think it makes the most sense to me."

On what's important to him

"I think it's too early to tell. But this is my third free-agency in a row. So you just look for a great fit. This year, I think I found one. Hopefully, I can do the same."

On whether money is important

"I would hope to think so."

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On whether he wants a long term deal

"Yeah, man. I'm young and I want somewhere where I can grow and be a part of something great."

On what parts of his game can grow

"Every part. Every summer, I approach it the same way. I want to get better in all facets of the game. Of course, defense always comes first for me. So I'm going to watch a lot of film on defense and watch other defenders, probably even throughout the playoffs, how to defend some of the top guys in the league and keep getting better and see some goals for myself."

On the area he improved the most

"I think it was all around. I think I was able to show a wide range, even to myself, with my versatility. I even played the five a little this year. That was kind of fun. And I steadily worked on my shot and different things like that, where I can always use improvement. And my handles as well. Just a lot of places. I never want to get complacent."