Dallas Mavericks forward Al-Farouq Aminu was one of the few brights spots for the Mavericks in their 4-1 first-round series loss to the Houston Rockets. Slated to make $1.1 million next year on a player option, Aminu said he plans to opt out of that contract and hit free agency, according to Michael Florek of The Dallas Morning News:
Aminu said on Wednesday that he’d decline his option be a free agent this summer.
“I think it makes the most sense to me,” he said. “You just look for a great fit. This year, I think I found one. Hopefully, I can do the same.”
Aminu’s regular-season numbers weren’t all that impressive, as he averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. He shot just 41.2 percent overall and 27.4 percent from three, which certainly aren’t impressive numbers.
However, his defense has always been strong, and he has the versatility to guard multiple positions. And in the playoffs, his offense came around with an increased role. The 6’9 forward averaged 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in the five playoff games, shooting 54.8 percent overall and 63.6 percent from three in 30.0 minutes per game.
Obviously that’s a small sample size and unsustainable, but it provided a nice glimpse of what Aminu can provide. He’s still just 24 years old, and he’s a nice player to have off the bench. The Mavericks would surely like to keep him, although they have a bunch of other big decisions to make this offseason as well. Wherever he ends up, that team will be getting a nice player.