Orazio Cauchi: #Pelicans big man Alexis Ajinca won’t play at Eurobasket with France NT due to an injury. He returned to the United States. #Eurobasket2015
Almost a week before the start of the upcoming Eurobasket 2015, one key member of the French team is forbidden to play in the event. As the French federation announced, center Alexis Ajinca is out.
The plane for France left on Tuesday. “I am absolutely excited to get over there and get started,” Kalinoski was saying by phone a few days before he launched his new career. He had originally negotiated the Chalon contract with an “out” clause in case an NBA team wanted to sign him. Charlotte and Miami had been expressing interest in bringing him to training camp with the likelihood that he would wind up in the D-League. The offer in France was five times as much money as in the D-League while offering him a greater chance to play. The NBA option in his French contract expired last week. “We actually have a lot of Davidson players that have played overseas — and a lot that I’ve played with that are overseas,” Kalinoski said. “Getting a feel from their experiences has made it comforting to me.” Kalinoski will be living in Chalon-sur-Saône, in the eastern French region of Burgundy.
France have revealed their final 12-man roster for Eurobasket 2015 with Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Thomas Heurtel the last two to be cut. The European champions will be based in Montpellier and face Russia, Poland, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Israel in Group A with the co-hosts looking to advance to the second and final rounds, which will be held in Lille. No doubt, the squad that coach Vincent Collet has selected is a strong one, plenty of international and NBA experience, including the 2013 Eurobasket MVP Tony Parker along with Nicholas Batum, Boris Diaw and the promising Rudy Gobert.