Blazers sign Aminu for $30m


Free agent Al-Farouq Aminu has reportedly joined the Portland Trail Blazers in a four-year deal for $30m.

The Nigeria forward was linked with prospective clubs, which included Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, and a possible return to either Dallas Mavericks or New Orleans Pelicans.

But late on Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that Aminu and the Blazers had agreed to a deal shortly after free agency opened.

According to AP, Aminu will be joining a revamped Blazers team that have already traded Nicolas Batum and are in a fight to retain star forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

The 24-year-old averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 74 games for the Dallas Mavericks last season. He has never scored 20 points in a game in his five-year career. But he gives the Blazers a versatile defender to a team that ranked in the bottom third in points allowed and field goal percentage defence.

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