When Ajinca spoke in New Orleans’ locker room before Monday night’s game against Phoenix, he had not played in 11 straight games and had played only once – for three minutes – in the previous 19 contests. “I don’t care where I’m going, as long as I’m playing,” said the 29-year-old Ajinca, who is in the second season of a four-year, $20.2 million contract with New Orleans. “The contract is good, but at the end of the day, I’m a competitor and I just want to play and be able to bring what I can to a team. If it’s here, it would be great. But if it’s not, then I just go somewhere else.”
In the meantime, Ajinca said he is focused on supporting his current teammates and not allowing his frustration over not playing to get the best of him. “I’m just being professional, doing what I’m supposed to do,” Ajinca said, noting that he’d gone through his usual pre-game routine on the court. “If I play today, maybe I won’t have to run after the game. If I don’t play, then I will have to run after the game and get my lift in. “I can’t control what (the Pelicans) want to do,” Ajinca said. “I only care about what I can control – my health and the fact that I can stay in shape.”
When Ajinca spoke in New Orleans' locker room before Monday night's game against Phoenix, he had not played in 11 straight games and had played only once — for three minutes — in the previous 19 contests. "I don't care where I'm going, as long as I'm playing," said the 29-year-old Ajinca, who is in the second season of a four-year, $20.2 million contract with New Orleans. "The contract is good, but at the end of the day, I'm a competitor and I just want to play and be able to bring what I can to a team. If it's here, it would be great. But if it's not, then I just go somewhere else."
Justin Verrier: Can confirm reports that Sixers-Pels talk centers around Alexis Ajinca and a 2018 first-round pick, per a source.
Sam Amick: As story states, Pelicans want lottery protection for the 1st rounder that they would give Philly for Jahlil Okafor. http://usat.ly/2kGwrWH
Philadelphia, sources said, is seeking at least one future first-round pick in exchange for Okafor, who was selected No. 3 overall in the 2015 draft but has been on the trading block for months -- along with fellow Sixers center Nerlens Noel -- as a result of the Sixers' glut of big men.
The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to bolster their frontcourt and are in advanced talks with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire big man Jahlil Okafor, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the teams were still negotiating Monday in an attempt to complete the trade.
Michael Scotto: 76ers & Pelicans discussing a Jahlil Okafor trade for Alexis Ajinca & a 2018 protected 1st rounder, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
The Sixers are in deep talks to send forward-center Jahlil Okafor to the Pelicans, a source told @theundefeated. New Orleans could send center Alex Ajinca and a future 1st rounder back.
Justin Verrier: Despite expressing frustration over his role to French newspaper L'Equipe, Alexis Ajinca tells ESPN that he hasn't asked to be traded,
Before the Pelicans faced the Knicks inside Madison Square Garden Monday night, Alexis Ajinca publicly voiced his frustrations about his current situation to a French publication, à L’Equipe. To sum it up, the 4-year player for New Orleans no longer believes he has a future with the team and would prefer to be included in a trade to continue his career elsewhere.
August 14, 2022 | 12:04 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Dallas Mavericks are signing guard McKinley Wright IV and undrafted Pittsburgh forward Mouhamadou Gueye on training camp deals to compete for a roster spot, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium .
One of the most experienced Serbian national team members is in danger of missing EuroBasket 2022, according to Mozzart Sport. Via the report, Nemanja Bjelica injured his calf during a friendly match against Montenegro behind closed doors. Due to swelling, it’s not completely clear how serious the injury is. This will be determined after further examinations in the near future.
August 14, 2022 | 3:06 am EDT Update
Brian Windhorst spent much of his Friday episode of “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective” podcast talking about Durant’s situation. Windhorst said he felt the Nets won the recent showdown between Durant and team owner Joe Tsai. But Windy doesn’t necessarily think that means all is over between the sides. In fact, Windhorst says he now could see a world where Durant holds out of training camp. “A week ago, if you had asked me, ‘Will Kevin Durant hold out of training camp if he is not traded?’ I would have been like, ‘eh, I can’t see it.’ Now I can see it. That is what we are headed towards,” Windhorst said.
Some analysts speculated that the Nets would play hardball with Durant. Brooklyn’s calculation would have depended upon Durant’s love of basketball. The thinking was that KD loves playing too much to sit out a season in order to get his way. Now Windhorst says he thinks a scenario of Durant sitting out could be on the table.