New Orleans was the third team involved in today's Eric…

New Orleans was the third team involved in today’s Eric Bledsoe-to-Detroit talks, multiple sources told SI.com. After a morning of trade discussions, the proposed deal is now dead.

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The deal would have landed Jackson in New Orleans, adding more shooting and playmaking on the perimeter and finally freeing the Pelicans of two large contracts the team has persistently tried to shed.
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."
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.
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,
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