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Phoenix Suns, Al-Farouq Aminu
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The Phoenix Suns Should Sign Al-Farouq Aminu

The Los Angeles Clippers took Al-Farouq Aminu with the eighth overall pick during the 2010 NBA Draft. That might make him sound like an ancient artefact at first, but only three seasons ago, Aminu played 28.3 minutes per game for a Portland Trail Blazers team that went to the Western Conference Finals.

After that season, Aminu tore his meniscus and then underwent several surgeries which kept him mostly sidelined up until this point. However he returned to play a preseason game with the San Antonio Spurs right before they cut him.

With 10 minutes to spare, he scored five points, hitting a triple and cleaning the glass with a rebound during the contest. Aminu also ran often with San Antonio’s fast break unit, moving well and putting any lingering injury concerns to bed.

Fully healthy now, Aminu embodies another solid potential addition for the Suns. Like with Parker, he plays both down low and along the wing, allowing him to help contribute what Young might if the Suns fail to acquire him.

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Aminu also adds another veteran presence to this young team. His experience carries great value especially for a younger stretch forward like Cameron Johnson, primarily at the defensive end, where Aminu badgered his opponents often during his NBA career.