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Alexis Ajinca | Center | #42

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'2' / 248
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (20) / CHA
Contract: view contract details

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Alexis Ajinca underwent another knee procedure on his left patellar tendon on Tuesday, and he will be out approximately 4-6 months.
Ajinca had a procedure performed on his right patellar tendon back in December, so now he'll have the same procedure performed on his good knee. He's been a non-factor in the rotation all year long, so him missing the rest of the season carries no weight in fantasy hoops. Mar 27 - 2:43 PM

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Alexis Ajinca had surgery on his right patellar tendon on Wednesday and is expected to miss 4-6 months.

Ajinca had bilateral knee injections on Oct. 20 with an initial timetable of 4-6 weeks, but obviously that wasn't enough to correct the issue. Hopefully the veteran center can get healthy and back on the court next season. The Pelicans owe him a guaranteed $5.3 million in the final year of his contract in 2018-19.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 03:15:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (knee) will not play Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.

He's well past his initial 4-6 week timetable, and there's been no indication from the Pelicans that he's at all close. We'll list him as out indefinitely, but his playing status doesn't really matter, as he wouldn't be on the court for meaningful minutes even if he were healthy.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 05:37:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca underwent successful bilateral knee injections on Thursday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

He has been injured since Oct. 8 and missed some game action. Ajinca wasn't a lock to be in the rotation with Check Diallo playing minutes next to both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in the preseason, but Diallo only played one minute in the opener.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 03:21:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (knee) will not play against the Warriors on Friday.

Coach Alvin Gentry really couldn't use him anyway. Somewhat surprisingly, Cheick Diallo only played one minute with the Pelicans staggering their bigs and going smaller.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 08:04:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (right knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's season opener against the Grizzlies.

This is the first we're hearing of a knee injury for Ajinca, and it's unclear how long this knee issue will keep him on the sidelines. With both Omer Asik (illness) and Ajinca unavailable for the season opener, DeMarcus Cousins figures to earn heavy minutes at the five-spot, with Cheik Diallo earning most of the reserve minutes there.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 03:11:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca didn't play during Sunday's exhibition.

Ajinca was out recently due to the birth of his second son, but he's been back with the team since Friday. New Orleans leaned toward smaller lineups when DeMarcus Cousins or Anthony Davis were off the court, and it doesn't look as though Ajinca will help any fantasy owners while those two are healthy.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 09:56:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (personal) will not play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Bulls.

We don't have word on exactly why Ajinca is away from the team at the moment, but this shouldn't be an issue that impacts his status for the regular season. Ajinca will be playing limited minutes behind DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis this season, and as long as those guys are healthy, he won't have any fantasy value.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 04:52:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hand) scored 11 points with seven rebounds and a steal over 25 minutes in Wednesday's win in Portland.

Ajinca suffered a right hand injury in the game, but he toughed it out and was able to finish strong after a brief absence. He seemed to be a player head coach Alvin Gentry liked, at least down the stretch, so he should return as a backup in 2017-18. However, his fantasy appeal remains rather minimal.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 01:35:00 AM

Alexis Ajinca scored 17 points with six rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 29 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He was actually very good compared to expectations. With the Pelicans possibly shutting guys down, they may give Ajinca some regular minutes. That said, it's hard to add him in fantasy unless there is a definite shutdown on DeMarcus Cousins or Anthony Davis. Plus, there is talk of a youth movement.
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 01:00:00 AM

Alexis Ajinca will start vs. the Warriors on Saturday.

With DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) and Anthony Davis (knee) resting, Ajinca will start next to Dante Cunningham in the frontcourt. Ajinca probably won't play a ton, especially since the Pelicans might want to get a look at Cheick Diallo. Most fantasy owners can look the other way.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017 08:55:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hip) was healthy enough to play in Sunday's game against the Bulls but he did not get into the game.

Ajinca is healthy, which is the good news, but he isn't terribly useful from a fantasy perspective. As long as DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are healthy there are very few minutes to go around for reserve bigs in the Crescent City.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 08:52:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hip) is expected to play on Sunday.

It's nice to see him healthy, but this doesn't have fantasy ramifications.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 05:14:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hip) will not play against the Kings on Friday.

He's not in the rotation right now. Enjoy DeMarcus Cousins revenge night.
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 07:13:00 PM

Alexis Ajinca (hip) is questionable for Friday against the Kings.

The Pelicans won't really need him with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis fully expected to play. Ajinca was not in the rotation on Wednesday.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 05:44:00 PM

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