Nigeria D’Tigers star Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to join National Basketball Association (NBA) Eastern Conference side Orlando Magic for $29m on a three-year deal. The agreement also includes an option for a third year.
Aminu, who was signed to a four-year, $30 million contract back in 2015, is expected to make his switch to Orlando official on July 6 when all NBA free-agent contracts will be signed. Aminu had to move away from Western conference franchise Portland Trail Blazers after they were faced with tax concerns, according to ESPN.
The former Los Angeles Clippers man spent four seasons in Portland with the Blazers where he averaged 9.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, while making 1.4 3-pointers per game. He was one of the side’s best defenders.
Aminu was the eighth overall pick in 2011 when he moved to the Clippers. He spent just a year with the Clippers before being traded to New Orleans as part of the Chris Paul deal, then another with Dallas Mavericks before he eventually joined the Portland Trail Blazers in 2015.
The 28-year-old power forward was part of the side that won Nigeria’s maiden title at the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship in Tunisia. He has been called up by D’Tigers Coach Alex Nwora in preparation for the FIBA 2019 World Cup billed to hold in China.