Basketball / Sports

Busy Mavericks sign forward Al-Farouq Aminu

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks made it official Tuesday morning when they signed forward Al-Farouq Aminu to a two-year contract worth $2.1 million.

Aminu's signing gives the Mavericks 14 players with guaranteed contracts. The Mavericks have room for one more player, but management has said they might hold onto it and wait and see if they can pick up a bargain later on after other teams release a player.

Last year for the New Orleans Pelicans, Aminu averaged 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game while playing in 80 contests. The season was highlighted during a 100-97 loss to the Mavericks on Dec. 4 when Aminu had 16 points and 20 rebounds.

Aminu, who started 65 games last season, was the eighth overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. The four-year veteran left Wake Forest to declare for the draft after his sophomore season and will turn 24 on Sept. 21.

After playing just one season for the Clippers, Aminu has spent the past three years with New Orleans. In 303 career games -- including 171 starts -- he's averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per contest.

While Aminu is a small forward, he likely will be used as a backup to Dirk Nowitzki since the Mavericks have a glut of small forwards.

The team also signed free agent forward Ivan Johnson on Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson (6-8, 255) started all five games for the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1 steal and 20.8 minutes per game.

Johnson spent the 2013-14 season playing for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls in China, where he averaged 26 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.9 steals and 32.8 minutes per game in 24 games.

The 6-foot-8 forward began his professional career in the NBA Development League in 2007-08 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Anaheim Aresenal.

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