HoopsHype Alexis Ajinca rumors

January 24, 2011 Updates

The Mavericks expect Peja Stojakovic to sign with them today after he clears waivers. Before that can happen, the NBA must sign off on the trade of Alexis Ajinca to Toronto. Despite some teams asking for the league to check out possible improprieties between the Mavericks and Raptors on the trade, the deal is expected to be approved today. If it isn’t, the Mavericks may just waive a player – probably Sasha Pavlovic or Ajinca – to make room for Stojakovic. Multiple sources said Stojakovic arrived in Dallas on Sunday. The Mavericks are hopeful he can take part in today's scheduled practice. Dallas Morning News

January 23, 2011 Updates

Mavs GM Donnie Nelson expressed his interest in Stojakovic to Bauman and said, “‘If you can work out a buyout with the Raptors, would you come to the Mavs?’” Cuban said. “He goes, ‘Yeah.’ So he basically had committed to us weeks ago.” After the buyout was completed and Stojakovic was waived, Cuban said Colangelo inquired about Ajinca. “He says, ‘What about Ajinca?’’ Cuban said. “Are you guys still interested in trading him and paying his salary?’ OK, well yes. Same amount of money, not playing a lot, so we did the trade. They were completely separate independent deals. One had nothing to do with the other. But obviously I think a lot of teams were upset because we got the jump on them. And that’s legit. CBSSports.com

January 22, 2011 Updates

Ajinca was getting ready for the game when TNT, which was broadcasting the game, caught Mavs coach Rick Carlisle breaking the news to Ajinca, a Frenchman who is quite friendly with French-speaking teammates Ian Mahinmi and Roddy Beaubois. Because of the ongoing nature of the trade mechanics, Ajinca was sent back to the team hotel and presumably he figured he would soon be told when he would be leaving to join his new team. Only a snag has held up the trade, as Stein reported, leaving Ajinca a man essentially without a team. Ajinca did not travel to New Jersey on Friday with the team. Instead he is back in Dallas waiting to be informed where he'll go next and when. ESPN.com

Although the Mavericks and Raptors continue to express confidence that the trade sending little-used center Alexis Ajinca to Toronto will ultimately be approved, league officials spent Friday examining the deal for salary-cap compliance after postponing a trade call originally scheduled for Thursday night to ratify the deal. ESPN.com

Ajinca cleared the roster spot necessary for Stojakovic to sign with Dallas, but what’s considered against NBA rules would be a previously arranged buyout and promise to sign with Dallas coupled with Ajinca’s trade. Several other West contenders also were interested in signing Stojakovic. “We did not protest it, but it was clearly a side-arranged deal which is not supposed to be allowed,” one Western Conference executive told Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Sources said Stojakovic's fast commitment to go to Dallas was likewise greeted with dismay by multiple contending teams that had interest in signing him. But sources also confirmed Friday that the Mavericks were granted permission by Toronto to start speaking to Stojakovic's agent, David Bauman, shortly after Caron Butler's season-ending knee injury in anticipation of Stojakovic's eventual release. ESPN.com

January 21, 2011 Updates
January 20, 2011 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have quickly received a verbal commitment from the just-released Peja Stojakovic that he intends to sign with Dallas upon clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks, meanwhile, are closing in on a separate trade with Toronto by week's end -- sending little-used center Alexis Ajinca to Toronto -- to create a roster spot for Stojakovic without having to let newcomer Sasha Pavlovic go. ESPN.com

Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks secured permission from Toronto last week to speak to Stojakovic's agent, David Bauman, to see if the former All-Star sharpshooter would have interest in playing in Dallas after his eventual buyout, which had been anticipated since November when Raptors president Bryan Colangelo immediately raised the possibility of letting Stojakovic go after acquiring him from New Orleans in a Nov. 20 deal that landed Jarrett Jack and Marcus Banks with New Orleans. ESPN.com

Ajinca, meanwhile, will be dealt to the Raptors along with a 2013 second-round pick that Toronto had sent to Dallas in last year's draft in exchange for the rights to rookie center Solomon Alabi and cash considerations. In return, Dallas will receive the rights to 2007 second-round pick Georgios Printezis (who plays in Spain and is no longer considered an NBA prospect) and create a salary-cap exception equal to Ajinca's $1.5 million salary. ESPN.com

January 14, 2011 Updates

I mentioned in last week's Inside Skinny that I had zero feel for Ajinca's game until I saw him up close upon his arrival in Dallas along with Chandler this past summer. What we've learned is that he's a solid athlete for a 7-footer with a nice outside touch comfortably stretching out to the short-porch corner 3. He's also in the last year of a deal making $1.5 million. He's only 22. The more you see him play, the more intrigued you become. Add it all together and that has value. Teams that may be in trade discussions with the Mavericks right now need to see him play. He's not just a "throw-in." He has skills worth developing, but he's a project and -- as we mentioned in last week's column -- that ain't part of the program with a veteran team thinking about hardware. ESPN.com

December 24, 2010 Updates

Reserve center Alexis Ajinca, for example, has been available since Dallas acquired him as a throw-in from Charlotte in the Tyson Chandler deal and remains the most likely Mav to be dealt. The Mavs, though, are said to be getting more choosy about what they'd expect in exchange for Ajinca, since there will always be a premium on a still-developing young big man in the NBA. ESPN.com

December 8, 2010 Updates

Through triumph and despair, Dirk Nowitzki has never turned away an interview. Yet, on Tuesday night after the Dallas Mavericks finally shook free of the pesky Golden State Warriors, 105-100, for a 10th consecutive victory, Nowitzki was shooing away reporters. “You don’t want to talk to me,” Nowitzki said after his game-high 25-point performance. “It was Ian’s night. Ian and Ajinca’s night.” For those scoring at home, that’s Ian "Yan" Mahinmi, and Alexis "ah-lek-SEE" Ajinca “ah-JIN-sa”. The key to Dallas' 17-4 start has been a total buy-in to the team concept and receiving timely contributions up and down the roster. ESPN.com

October 28, 2010 Updates

Tyson Chandler’s time in Charlotte didn’t go as he hoped, but he has no hard feelings toward the Bobcats. Chandler, whose season with Charlotte was marred by injuries, actually appreciates the Bobcats dumping his contract by dealing him to the Mavericks. “I was telling Alexis Ajinca that he’s got a little more animosity than I do,” said Chandler, referring to Charlotte’s former first-round pick that the Bobcats also got rid of in the trade for Erick Dampier’s vanishing contract, Eduardo Najera and Matt Carroll. ESPN.com

October 26, 2010 Updates
September 30, 2010 Updates

Ajinca was acquired from Charlotte along with Chandler in the Erick Dampier trade. Ajincawas put on the trading block, but obviously the club wasn't able to move him. That could change once the preseason begins. Carlisle was talking up Ajinca's attributes Wednesday and his solid performances in the early days of camp. "I'm very certain there's going to be teams calling us about trade possibilities once they start seeing some of these younger guys in exhibition games," Carlisle said. "But, we'll see about that." *The Mavs are back at SMU Thursday for two practices, a morning and late afternoon session. They'll wrap up this week's training camp at the Mustangs' Crum Basketball Center on Friday with a single morning practice. The annual Fan Jam will be held at the American Airlines Center Monday night before the preseason opener on Tuesday. ESPN.com

July 20, 2010 Updates

The Mavericks have abandoned the idea of a Shaq signing completely -- “He is out,” according to one team source -- since they have four centers currently on the roster until they can move the very available Alexis Ajinca. ESPN.com

July 15, 2010 Updates

The Mavericks had no centers under contract when free agency started. Now they have four. Don’t be surprised, though, if the one of the new arrivals is traded again before the season starts … provided that the Mavericks can find a taker for Alexis Ajinca. Ajinca and fellow newcomer Ian Mahinmi are represented by the same agent: Bouna Ndiaye. You’ll recall that the Mavericks came to terms in free agency with Mahinmi before they ever knew Ajinca would be a Mav, too. ESPN.com

July 13, 2010 Updates

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