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January 16, 2021 02:04 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Ramping up, but out indefinitely
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Aminu (knee) has gradually been able to ramp up his conditioning work since undergoing a minor arthroscopic procedure in late November or early December, but the Magic have yet to provide a definitive timeline for his season debut, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

Aminu hasn't seen any competitive action since Nov. 29, 2019, when he suffered an injury that was later diagnosed as a meniscus tear. The forward underwent season-ending surgery on the knee last January and was expected to return at full strength for the start of training camp, but he required the follow-up procedure after experiencing swelling in his individual workouts. The veteran forward appears to be positive with how his rehab is progressing at this point, but a clear timeline for his 2020-21 debut likely won't emerge until the Magic allow him to partake in full-contact, full-court practices. For what it's worth, Robbins believes that Aminu will be ready to go "well before" the All-Star break begins March 5.

December 2, 2020 03:36 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Undergoes minor knee surgery
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Aminu has undergone an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

It's unclear when exactly the surgery occurred, but Aminu's procedure is believed to be relatively minor. The procedure addressed swelling in Aminu's knee, which has kept him sidelined since he underwent surgery for a torn meniscus back in January. Aminu will now enter the final phase of his rehab, but since the Magic previously revealed he wouldn't be available for the start of training camp, he can likely be ruled out for the beginning of the regular season in late December.

December 1, 2020 11:32 AM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Still working back
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Aminu (knee) will not be available when training camp opens later this week, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

Aminu suffered a torn meniscus back in late November of 2019, which kept him out for the remainder of last season, including the Orlando bubble. The veteran is apparently still working his way back, and it remains to be seen when he'll be cleared for contact work.

June 6, 2020 02:00 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Unlikely to return to play
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Aminu (knee) is not expected to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

There was some optimism in March that Aminu could return if the season resumed. However, that appears not to be the case anymore. "There's a difference of being healthy and then being safely healthy," said Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman.

March 17, 2020 12:12 AM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Could return in delayed season
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Aminu (knee) could be a candidate to return to action this season if the NBA resumes play in mid-June or later, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

Aminu hasn't played since Nov. 29 after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery just over a month later following an unsuccessful rest-and-rehab program. Later in January, the Magic were granted a displayed player exception for Aminu, indicating that the NBA agreed the forward was unlikely to return to action prior to June 15. While that timeline would normally rule Aminu out through the start of the NBA Finals, the league's decision to suspend its season indefinitely could leave the door open for him to play again in 2019-20. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, owners and executives around the league view mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the NBA to resume action. Considering that Aminu had previously stated that he expected to be ready to compete for Nigeria in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in late July, he may have a legitimate shot at being cleared to play for the Magic this summer. Robbins relays that Aminu is progressing well in his recovery and is no longer sporting a stabilizing brace on his right knee.

January 10, 2020 11:20 AM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Likely done for season
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The Magic recently applied for a Disabled Player Exception for Isaac (knee), implying the team projects him to miss the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

The news doesn't come as much of a surprise, given that Aminu underwent surgery Tuesday to address a torn meniscus in his right knee and wasn't scheduled to be re-evaluated until early-to-mid April. Even if Aminu experiences no setbacks in his recovery, he would likely still need a couple weeks to regain conditioning before gaining clearance to play at some point during a potential playoff run for the Magic. With that in mind, Orlando is understandably more inclined to just shut him down for 2019-20 and apply for the exception, which would allow the team to add another player to the roster without having to waive anyone.

January 8, 2020 02:24 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Out indefinitely following surgery
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Aminu (knee) underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be reevaluated in approximately 12 weeks, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Aminu tore his meniscus at the end of November and ultimately opted to undergo surgery after suffering a setback at the end of December. There's a chance Aminu remains sidelined through the remainder of the season depending on how he responds to treatment, as his current 12-week recovery timeline already takes him into April.

December 27, 2019 11:20 AM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Suffers setback with knee
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Aminu (knee) had a setback at Thursday's practice and will be reevaluated, John Denton of reports.

The veteran forward opted to stay clear of surgery and rehab the torn meniscus in his right knee after suffering the injury at the end of November, and his return timeline remains unclear. Coach Steve Clifford said Aminu is having trouble bending his knee Friday, but the severity of the setback won't be known until he is officially reevaluated. The 29-year-old can continue to be considered out indefinitely.

December 11, 2019 11:40 AM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Won't undergo surgery
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Aminu will not undergo surgery for his torn meniscus, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports. He will be treated with a non-operative procedure and remains without an official timetable for a return.

Aminu has missed the past five games, but he was seen doing some light shooting work following Wednesday's morning shootaround, suggesting he's making solid progress. Additional updates should emerge when Aminu hits various milestones in his recovery.

December 1, 2019 10:48 AM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Out with torn meniscus
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Aminu was diagnosed with a torn meniscus Sunday and will be sidelined indefinitely, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Aminu had five points, two rebounds, one assist and two steals in 18 minutes Friday versus the Raptors, but ongoing knee soreness led to undergoing an MRI on Saturday, per Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel. The 29-year-old will remain without a timeline for his return until the team determines whether surgery is necessary. Wes Iwundu figures to see increased court time during Aminu's absence.

November 18, 2019 02:12 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Struggles in second start
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Aminu posted six points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes Sunday in the Magic's 125-121 win over the Wizards.

After putting up a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) in Friday's win over the Spurs while starting in place of the injured Jonathan Isaac (ankle), Aminu couldn't deliver a repeat performance in his second straight start. Considering Isaac was a full practice participant Saturday and the Magic won't play again until Wednesday (at Toronto), there's a good chance Aminu moves back into a lower-minute reserve role.

November 16, 2019 01:12 AM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Double-doubles in spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Aminu finished with 13 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 31 minutes during Friday's 111-109 victory over the Spurs.

Aminu was thrust into the starting lineup for Friday's game after Jonathan Isaac (ankle) was a late scratch. Aminu thrived in his 31 minutes on the floor, putting up his first double-double of the season. Isaac has a history of ankle injuries and so there is a reason to think this may cost him more than this game. If he is forced to miss additional time, Aminu will likely remain the starter and could be worth a flier in standard formats.

November 15, 2019 05:24 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Starting Friday
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Aminu will start Friday's game against the Spurs.

With Jonathan Isaac a late scratch due to a sprained ankle, Aminu will get the spot start. It will mark his first start of the season. In the seven games that he's seen 20-plus minutes, he's averaged 5.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 assist.

November 6, 2019 12:04 AM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Solid line in Tuesday's loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Aminu accumulated 13 points (4-5 FG, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, two steals and one assist in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 102-94 loss to the Thunder.

Aminu was efficient offensively while filling up the stat sheet across multiple categories. This is the first time through seven appearances that Aminu has reached double figures in scoring. In fact, he went scoreless in Saturday's loss to the Nuggets and posted a one-point performance back on Oct. 26 as well. Still, Aminu offers some value in deeper leagues thanks to his contributions on the defensive end.

October 31, 2019 05:16 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Scores nine in win
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Aminu posted nine points (3-9 FG, 2-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one block in Wednesday's 95-83 win against the Knicks.

Aminu is averaging 5.5 points and six rebounds per game to open the season for the Magic. After starting 81 games last season, the 29-year-old seems to be locked in as the primary backup at forward behind Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac. Averaging 24.3 minutes per game to begin the season, it's hard to imagine Aminu seeing a major jump in minutes unless a significant injury were to occur to either Gordon or Isaac.

October 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Productive on second unit
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Aminu managed 12 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block across 18 minutes during the Magic's 126-94 preseason loss to the 76ers on Sunday.

Aminu's line encapsulates why he was brought to Orlando this offseason, as the veteran provided impressive three-point shooting and defense during his time on the floor. The 29-year-old will back up both forward spots to open the campaign and will serve as an experienced rebounding presence off the bench that should log minutes in the high teens at minimum on most nights.

June 30, 2019 06:28 PM
Magic's Al-Farouq Aminu: Joins Magic
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Aminu has agreed to a three-year, $29 million contract with the Magic, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Aminu has played for Portland since 2015-16, but he's decided to move on. He started all 81 of his appearances on the Blazers last season, providing value as a rebounding and defending forward. While he's shown potential as a three-point threat, his 35.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc over the past four years leaves something to be desired. With Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon in the fold, it's unclear if Aminu will start, but he should see sixth-man minutes at the very least.

April 22, 2019 12:32 PM
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Provides offensive spark in win
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Aminu compiled 19 points (7-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes Sunday in the Trail Blazers' 111-98 win over the Thunder in Game 4 of the series.

Aminu drilled a key three-pointer to close out the first half and finished with his best scoring performance of the series to give the Trail Blazers a 3-1 edge heading into a potential clincher Tuesday at home. Since his offense is usually reliant on knocking down outside shots, Aminu isn't particularly consistent, but he should make for a decent cost-saving option in DFS tournaments throughout the Blazers' postseason run.

April 20, 2019 12:12 PM
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Near double-double in loss
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Aminu furnished nine points (3-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt), nine rebounds and two assists across 33 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.

Aminu played a strict complementary role as the fourth option behind Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Enes Kanter, but he still put together a solid fantasy line. The veteran forward's contributions will undoubtedly continue vary from game to game in the series, but his signature work on the boards should remain steady.

April 15, 2019 12:00 AM
Trail Blazers' Al-Farouq Aminu: Logs three rejections in Game 1 win
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Aminu accumulated 10 points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, and three blocks in 35 minutes during Sunday's 104-99 Game 1 win over the Thunder.

Aminu didn't take many shots but was one of four Trail Blazers to reach double figures in scoring. Moreover, he helped Enes Kanter and Maurice Harkless fortify the painted area defensively, as the trio combined to post eight blocks. The Thunder may force Aminu and the rest of the role players to attempt more field goals going forward. Still, it's his versatility on defense that leads to the heavy minute totals and decent fantasy stock.

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