Ken Berger on CBSSports.com just confirmed the rumor. Here's the article:
http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/...ng-to-pelicansFrench center Alexis Ajinca is finalizing a buyout with Strasbourg of the Euro League and is on the verge of a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
The Pelicans and Strasbourg have agreed on the standard $575,000 buyout under NBA rules, though agent Mark Bartelstein said there are "a couple more steps" that have to happen before the deal is official.
The website SuperBasket.org first reported the agreement sending Ajinca, the 20th pick in the 2008 draft, back to the NBA.
Ajinca, 25, is expected to sign a two-year, fully guaranteed deal for the league minimum, league sources said.
I bolded the part about the standard buyout because it is interesting. If we want to get a 3rd Center then it seems to be quite easy.
Roy 4th foul early 3rd qtr.
How about we swing a trade for Glenn BIG BABY Davis? His contract expires Summer after this Summer coming up. He's a beast when healthy. And that gives us another guy to torment Miami down low.
In any case, there are some big guys that we could bring over if we wanted a 3rd Center. Here's a list:
Darjuš Lavrinovič: He is 6'11.5 and 265 lbs. He is a veteran big at 34 years old but he has championship experience (he has won titles in Lithuania, Turkey and Russia) and he has been a regular of the Lithuanian NT that is one of the best in Europe. He is an offensively skilled big that can rebound the ball and block shots. He played in BC Budivelnyk Kyiv this season and he was their leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker. He averaged 15.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.4 BPG and 1 SPG. He shot 55.6% from the field, 40.6% from 3 (13/32) and 88.2% from the line (30/34). He was their best player by far but the team wasn't good enough and they only won 2 out of 10 games. He played alongside Micah Downs and Blake Ahearn (Micah played for our SL team this summer Blake played for our pre-season team last year) and both of them were vital cogs on that team (Micah left the team in November 26, though). His second best player is DeJuan Summers and Daequan Cook plays an important role for the team as well. It won't be very easy to get him since he is their best player and they could be unwilling to part with him.
Michailas Anisimovas: He is 7'1 and 230 lbs. He is 29 years old. He was considered a big talent in 2006 after he emerged in BC Neptūnas with an amazing season at 22 (he averaged 17.9 PPG on 61.4% shooting, 8.4 RPG and 1.5 APG back then) but he failed to improve. He was Budivelnyk's starting Center before Lavrinovič came over but he lost most of his minutes and he doesn't play a lot right now. He isn't a good shot blocker and his rebounding has fell in the past 3 seasons. I don't think that he could be a big help but he is a big body.
Romain Duport: He is a bit over 7'1 and 254 lbs. He is 27 years old. He was Ajinca's back-up and he will have a starting role after Ajinca's departure for New Orleans. He averaged 7.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 0.9 BPG in 17.3 MPG in this Euroleague campaign. He shot 61% from the field and 71.4% from the FT line. He has great length and we could morph him into a good defender but he is slow laterally. He has a nice right hook and can hit the occasional mid-range jumper.
Andreas Glyniadakis: He is 7'1 and 280 lbs. He is 32 years old. He is a hulking Center. He is big, strong and slow. He never was a big-time player but he can get the job done on the defensive end. He was picked by the Pistons in '03 Draft with the 58th pick and played in the NBA in the 06-07 with the Sonics for 13 games. He is not an NBA athlete but as a 3rd big he could give some decent minutes.
Boban Marjanović: That's the most interesting player of the bunch. Why do I consider him that interesting? Because that guy is HUGE. He is 7'3 with a 7'8 wingspan and weights 293 lbs. He has a 9'7 standing reach which is the second highest that has been recorded in pre-draft measurements (tied with Rudy Gobert and behind Pavel Podkolzine). He is also 25 years old which means that he has some basketball seasons ahead of him. He averaged 10.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG (with 2.7 offensive rebounds), 1 APG, 0.9 SPG and 0.8 BPG in 19.5 MPG this season. He shot 61.6% from the field and 62.1% from the FT line. He is slow laterally but he is strong and has a nice frame. He has a nice offensive game. Nothing fancy but he has a nice right hook and a respectable jumper. He can also pass from the low post if he sees a cutter.
Allow me to post 2 clips from some of his games from last season.
16 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 steals against one of Serbia's powerhouses:
26 points, 18 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists:
That's the guy that I want us to take. I would be really, really happy with him as a 3rd Center. Not that we need a 3rd Center but I'd be happy with him. He still has room to grow and he could become a very nice player. He could even develop into a good back-up big.
Andrew Bynum. There is no doubt his presence could be a significant boost to our second unit. I mention this because Mahnimi still gets minutes in blowouts and he is our only backup big.
What are the chances Bynum even wants to play basketball. More and more I see no better fit than Indiana. The other issue is his knees.
Character and all other issues taken into consideration. Bynum has to be the best available big barring a trade of some kind maybe involving OJ or Cope maybe a second.
Anyone got the scoop on why Bynum is still available on the market? If the guy is that bad he can be had for cheap.
Games like this offer Bynum a chance to play some scrub minutes in place of Mahinmi.
I'd be ok with Bynum but I'll stick with Marjanović.
most of us wanted a third big. we just found the best one available for cheap.
So thankful Bird is back in the saddle.