Mavericks sign Al-Farouq Aminu to a minimum deal

The Dallas Mavericks did not waste much time finding a replacement for Rashard Lewis. Several sources are reporting that the Mavs have reached a deal with Aminu.

 For those unfamiliar with Aminu, think of him as sort of a younger, bigger Shawn Marion with almost no offensive skills. He is 6-9, 215 lbs, and he can guard the 3 and the 4.

Last season he averaged 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds while starting the majority of the season for the New Orleans Pelicans. He has a reputation for being an excellent defender on the wing, especially against the pick-and-roll.

Aminu was selected 8th overall in the 2010 draft out of Wake Forest and has also played for the Nigerian national team. He is more of a big SF than a “stretch 4″ like Rashard Lewis and lacks any kind of a perimeter shot.

So he’s obviously a downgrade in the shooting department, but he is a more versatile player than Lewis, while also being a much better defender and over a decade younger.

For the minimum, Aminu is a steal. I have no idea how much he will play under Rick Carlisle, but a bench unit of Devin Harris, Jae Crowder, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Greg Smith is an incredibly good defensive unit.

If Mavs lock up Jameer Nelson tomorrow, go ahead and count this as the most successful Mavs offseason ever.

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