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Pelicans reach deal with French center Alexis Ajinca

Dec 20, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT


The last time we saw French center Alexis Ajinca in an NBA game it was 2011 with the Raptors. He had been a bit player with Dallas and Charlotte before that.

Now he’s back getting another shot with the New Orleans Pelicans, reports the Times Picayune.

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….

The Pelicans are desperate for more depth at center. Jason Smith is their starting center, but he’s a natural power forward. Backup center Greg Stiemsma has been out since mid-November with a sprained left knee.

This is a roll of the dice by the Pelicans, who really need another big and can take afford to take a chance.

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Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson are going to soak up most of the front line minutes, Smith will get a share too. We’ll see how, where and if Ajinca fits in.

  1. money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    signings like this make me question…there really aren’t any more talented guys out there who deserve a shot on a roster ?

    • shanelsweet - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Jason Collins is still available

  2. muhangis - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Ajinca is a very solid and good 7’2 young player, w/ a high basketball IQ, strong work ethic, fairly productive, and great defensive presence, who was very hot in Europe since he left the NBA. If you think this guy doesn’t deserve a shot, you’ve obviously got no clue!

    • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      the nba. where solid happens?

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