Dio checks in on the Southeast Division, where the Magic boast a strong group of international talent.
September 8, 2019, 9:05 pmAl-Farouq AminuPF, Orlando Magic
Al-Farouq Aminu put on a nice display against China on Sunday with six points, six assists, eight rebounds, two steals and one block.
Even against inferior competition, Aminu is unlikely to put up big scoring numbers, but registering healthy amounts of rebounds and steals, along with a handful of blocks and threes, has always been his specialty in fantasy. Joining the Magic this season adds a larger degree of risk, as he is now competing with Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac for minutes, but he did just receive a three-year, $29 million dollar contract. You can consider filling out your roster with Aminu late in your draft.
August 31, 2019, 7:40 amJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie put up 18 points, three rebounds, four assists, three triples, one steal and five turnovers as Nigeria lost to Russia 82-77.
Okogie led the team in minutes with 28 but the 20-year old could not do enough to stop the Russian veterans. Al-Farouq Aminu dropped 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and two triples in 26 minutes while Chimezie Metu of the Spurs scored 10 points with six rebounds and a block in 21 minutes off the bench.
July 22, 2019, 4:46 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie will join Al-Farouq Aminu in representing Nigeria at the FIBA World Cup.
Okogie broke the news Monday on Twitter. He will be playing with at least a few other current or former NBA players in China.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
July 6, 2019, 2:13 pmAl-Farouq AminuPF, Orlando Magic
The Magic have announced the signing of Al-Farouq Aminu.
President of basketball operations Jeff Welman said of Aminu, "He is a true pro who has impacted winning everywhere he has been. He adds depth to our team and has the ability to defend multiple positions." His fantasy value on the other hand takes a big hit as he goes from a starter in Portland to Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac's backup in Orlando. Aminu wore #8 with the Blazers but will now wear #2 as Terence Ross is switching from #31 to #8.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 6:30 pmAl-Farouq AminuPF, Orlando Magic
Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a three-year, $29 million deal with the Orlando Magic according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
In a surprise move, Aminu has opted to go to a Magic team that features a glut of forwards who provide much of the same skill sets that he provides. While this is a solid bench addition for Orlando in real life, it all but eliminates Aminu as a fantasy option moving forward.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 2:07 pmAl-Farouq AminuPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype is reporting that the Nets, Sixers, Magic, Spurs, Clippers, Rockets and Pacers are among the teams interested in Al-Farouq Aminu.
Some of the teams on that list already have their power forward situation accounted for, and we would imagine that Aminu will try and end up somewhere with an easy path to playing time. He's a nice fit for most rosters around the league as a low-maintenance offensive player that can crash the glass and defend multiple positions.
Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 4:32 pmDanny GreenSG, Toronto Raptors
Sam Amick of The Athletic is reporting that the Rockets are considering Danny Green, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jeremy Lamb, Brook Lopez, DeAndre Jordan and Kevon Looney as possible targets in free agency.
Houston is focused on completing a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler but those players, either as cheap depth around the new Big Three or as fallback options, are all good fits. There's a ton of balls in the air at this point but it's clear that the Rockets are prepared to shake things up and are planning to cover their bases at every position.
Source: The Athletic
June 4, 2019, 9:21 amAl-Farouq AminuF, Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu's agent, Raymond Brothers, said that he is “absolutely” open to negotiating an extension with Blazers top executive Neil Olshey, although the two have yet to talk.
Aminu loves Portland, and the Blazers love Aminu, but the two parties might have to overcome a difference in their opinion regarding his monetary value. Aminu has been an integral part of the Blazers the last few seasons but has proven to be a liability in the playoffs where teams are able to scheme and expose his weaknesses. If an extension is not reached by June 30th, it doesn’t mean that the Blazers are out of the free-agent bidding for the Chief. He will become an unrestricted free agent and Portland can go over the salary cap to sign him since they have his Bird Rights.
Source: The Athletic
May 20, 2019, 11:58 pmAl-Farouq AminuF, Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu scored zero points on 0-of-2 shooting with a rebound and a block in Monday's Game 4.
Aminu stunk it up again, but the Blazers didn't get much help from their bench either. Rodney Hood (40 minutes, seven points on 3-of-11 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer) and Evan Turner (six points on 3-of-4 shooting with two rebounds and a steal) didn't do much, showing that coach Stotts didn't have many options to choose from.
May 5, 2019, 9:59 pmAl-Farouq AminuF, Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu played well on Sunday in a Game 4 loss to the Nuggets as he put up 19 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
Aminu stepped up big time in this one, but it was not enough for the Blazers to come away with a win. He shot 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-4 from beyond the arc and 6-of-7 from the stripe. The Blazers will need this from Aminu consistently to continue their playoff run. Look for Aminu to stay hot as the Blazers hit the road for Game 5 in Denver.
May 1, 2019, 11:53 pmAl-Farouq AminuF, Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu put up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Blazers' Game 2 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday.
He shot just 3-of-9 from the field and 1-of-4 from deep, so his shooting was still sub-par. However, he did have a better performance overall than his two point effort in Game 1. If Moe Harkless is forced to miss any time due to the ankle injury that forced him to exit the game on Wednesday, more pressure will be placed on Aminu to step up on both ends of the floor.
April 30, 2019, 1:23 amAl-Farouq AminuF, Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu was awful in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Nuggets, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and a block.
Aminu was dominated by Paul Millsap in the post throughout the first quarter and couldn't do anything with the ball on offense. He committed three turnovers in 28 minutes of action and failed to hit a 3-pointer or record an assist. The Blazers are going to need him and Moe Harkless (two points, four assists, two steals and six fouls) to figure out a way to guard Paul Millsap and make an impact on the offensive end if they're going to win this series.
April 22, 2019, 12:18 amAl-Farouq AminuF, Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu was feeling it on Sunday, hitting 4-of-9 shots from downtown to help secure a Game 4 win over the Thunder via his 19 points (7-of-16 shooting), nine rebounds, one steal and one block.
The Blazers found an extra kick from Aminu tonight thanks to his hot hand. He's capable of explosions like this from time to time but they're not very consistent, making him a tough player to bank on in playoff DFS. Enes Kanter was relatively quiet as he put up eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.
The Blazers defied expectations all year long and now need to find some flexibility