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Alexis Ajinca
Alexis Ajinca
Position: C
Born: 05/06/88
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Players and staff boarded the bus, sweats on and shoes in hand, expecting to pull up at a gym. Instead, they disembarked in front of a bowling alley. Coach Monty Williams called an audible, hoping the change in routine would give his inconsistent team some spark. “It was really a wonderful surprise,” said Alexis Ajinca, who scored a career high 22 points off the bench. “We laughed and relaxed with each other. It helped us mentally re-set.”
So with star center Alexis Ajinca announcing shortly before the start of the preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup that he will remain with his pregnant wife, who is due to give birth during the tournament, instead of playing this summer, Collet is okay. He’ll have his squad ready when they arrive in Granada, Spain, for Group A games against Serbia, Brazil, Iran, Egypt and the tournament hosts. “This is a blow,” he said of losing his 2.15m tall starting center, “but we must move forward with those who are there.”
The following players cannot be dealt at all this season: Alexis Ajinca — New Orleans Pelicans; D.J. Augustin — Chicago Bulls; Andrew Bogut — Golden State Warriors; Kobe Bryant — Los Angeles Lakers; Seth Curry — Memphis Grizzlies; Chris Douglas-Roberts — Charlotte Bobcats; Stephen Jackson — Los Angeles Clippers; James Johnson — Memphis Grizzlies; Kendall Marshall — Los Angeles Lakers; Malcolm Thomas — San Antonio Spurs.
The first time around in the NBA didn’t go so well for Alexis Ajinca. The French-born 7-foot-2 center was overwhelmed playing against the world’s top players and flamed out quickly. Ajinca, who was signed by the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday to add size and some much-needed depth in the post, is hoping for a different experience this time around. “This is my second chance,” Ajinca said on Saturday following the Pelicans shootaround leading up to their game against the Portland Trail Blazers. “I know there is not going to be a third chance. I know for sure that it is going to have to happen this year or next year. I’ve been working real hard overseas to get back here. Now I can’t wait to have that opportunity to be on the court and show the world that I have been improving those couple of years.”
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The New Orleans Pelicans have reached a two-year contract agreement with 7-foot-2 French center Alexis Ajinca, and he will join the team in Portland before Saturday’s game, his agent Mark Bartelstein said by telephone Thursday night. Ajinca was able to work out a buyout agreement with his Euro League team, Strasbourg. before agreeing to the Pelicans’ deal. He was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, who eventually traded him to the Dallas Mavericks before the 2010-11 season. He played only a half season with the Mavericks before he was traded to the Toronto Raptors.
French center Alexis Ajinca is finalizing a buyout with Strasbourg of the Euro League and is on the verge of a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. The Pelicans and Strasbourg have agreed on the standard $575,000 buyout under NBA rules, though agent Mark Bartelstein said there are “a couple more steps” that have to happen before the deal is official.