Blazers, battling to retain LaMarcus Aldridge, give big man Al-Farouq Aminu a 4-year US$30 million deal

A PERSON with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to terms with veteran forward Al-Farouq Aminu on a four-year, $30 million deal.

The Blazers and Aminu quickly reached accord on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time), shortly after free agency opened. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.

Aminu joins a revamped Blazers team that has already traded Nicolas Batum and is in a fight to retain star forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aminu 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 defense.


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