The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu Wednesday, swapping him in for forward Rashard Lewis when the team developed second thoughts about Lewis' health. The terms of the 23-year-old Aminu's deal were not immediately clear Wednesday night. The Wake Forest University product is a defensive specialist and is noted for his athleticism.
Lewis, on the other hand, is an aging veteran the team was planning to rely on at least in part for perimeter shooting. The Mavericks had just signed Lewis, a 16-year veteran who was expected to fill minutes at the forward role, to a one-year deal on July 15. But earlier Wednesday the team voided Lewis contract after it found during a physical he needed knee surgery.
Aminu will feature on a 2014 Mavericks squad backed by franchise player Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and the newly acquired Chandler Parsons.
Aminu is a former eighth-overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. He averaged 7.2 points-per-game for the New Orleans Pelicans last season.
- Will Green