On the final day of the regular season, New Orleans Hornets forward Al Farouq Aminu didn’t squander an opportunity to make a lasting impression.

Against the Dallas Mavericks last week, Aminu grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds and scored 16 points. Aminu had 17 rebounds by halftime, two more than the entire Mavericks team achieved. But the Hornets lost 99-87 to close the season at 27-55.

If he had played that way the entire season, there probably wouldn’t be uncertainty like it is now whether the Pelicans will extend him an offer this summer to retain him as an unrestricted free agent. The Hornets declined last October to pick up the fourth-year option on Aminu’s contract that would had paid him $3.7 million for the 2013-14 season.

Now, upgrading the small forward position could be the Pelicans’ biggest priority to address in the offseason. The Pelicans could look for a veteran small forward in free agency and have Aminu come off the bench if he is re-signed.

Aminu was part of the trade in December 2011 that involved the Hornets acquiring shooting guard Eric Gordon from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

``I can only worry about today and the next game,’’ said Aminu, 6 feet-9, 215-pound small forward. "I just have to let stuff happen when it happens. I didn’t want to leave the season on a bad note because stuff like that carries over. ’’