Ajinca was acquired by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne of France on Thursday.
Ajinca was traded to the Clippers in September but was then immediately waived. He spent much of the past year recovering from patellar tendon surgery and apparently was unable to land any deals within the NBA. Despite returning to his home country of France, there's still an outside shot of him returning to the NBA if he can put together a solid end to the Jeep Elite season.
Ajinca (quad) was traded to the Clippers and subsequently waived on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The Clippers needed to clear some roster spots, so they sent Johnson to Pelicans and proceeded to cut Ajinca, as well as reserve point guard Jawun Evans to trim the roster to 15 players. Ajinca appeared in 39 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game. The Frenchman will now enter the free agency pool and look to latch on with another franchise.
Ajinca (quad) has been ruled out for Thursday's preseason finale against the Raptors.
Ajinca will finish the preseason without seeing the court once and is now in danger of missing the start of the regular season as he continues to work his way back from a right quadriceps strain. He'll have just under a week to get ready for Wednesday's regular-season opener, so look for the big man to potentially try and up his activity in the coming few days.
Ajinca (quadriceps) won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against Miami.
Ajinca hasn't managed to take the court in the preseason because of a right quadriceps strain, but he's been trending in the right direction. With only one exhibition remaining before the regular season begins, the Pelicans would certainly like to see Ajinca play some minutes in Thursday's finale.
Ajinca (quadriceps) is out for Friday's preseason contest against the Knicks.
Ajinca has been battling a right quadriceps strain, but was able to get some shots up Thursday. He's still not feeling well enough to take the floor in a game, however.
Ajinca (quad) was seen getting shots up during Thursday's practice, Andrew Lopez of the Times-Picayune reports.
Ajinca has missed the first two games of the preseason because of a right quadriceps strain, but appears to be nearing the latter stages of his recovery. He was able to get some shots up at Thursday's practice and it seems as if he's slowly upping his activity. Still, Ajinca will likely miss at least one more preseason game considering the Pelicans matchup with the Knicks on Friday. At this point, Ajinca has a chance to be ready for the regular season, though he's not expected to be a fantasy contributor.
Ajinca has been ruled out for Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks with a right quadriceps strain, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Ajinca was sidelined for the preseason opener Sunday against the Chicago, but it was assumed that his absence was related to his recovery from the surgery he required in late March to address a left patellar tendon issue. The big man also required surgery in December for his right patellar tendon, but it appears neither procedure is behind his unavailability Monday, at least based on the Pelicans' injury report. Even if Ajinca's health takes a turn for the better before the regular season gets underway, he's not expected to factor into coach Alvin Gentry's rotation plans.
Ajinca (knee) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's preseason opener against the Bulls.
It was reported less than a week ago that Ajinca has yet to resume 5-on-5 work, so it doesn't come as a huge surprise that he won't be ready for the preseason. Until Ajinca is able to up his activity, he should continue to miss time and at this point, it's unclear if he'll even be ready for the regular-season opener Oct. 17 against the Rockets. Ajinca didn't see the court at all during the 2017-18 campaign.
Ajinca (knee) has started participating in some player development work, but he's yet to be cleared for any 5-on-5, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Ajinca underwent multiple knee surgeries last season, with his second one being performed at the end of March. While he's progressing well in his recovery and is reportedly close to being able to play 5-on-5, he's yet to be medically cleared to do so. Considering Ajinca hasn't taken part in a game since the 2016-17 season, he'll likely be brought along slowly and could need some time to get back into game shape once healthy. Either way, Ajinca is nothing more than emergency depth at center with the likes of Anthony Davis, Cheick Diallo and Jahlil Okafor all in the fold at the position.
Ajinca (knee) underwent surgery to correct a left patellar tendon issue Tuesday, Will Guillory of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. He is expected to return in 4-to-6 months.
Ajinca, who hasn't played this season, underwent surgery on his right patellar tendon back in December and has not returned since then, apparently dealing with a similar issue in his other knee. He'll look to make a full recovery ahead of next year's training camp and provide depth at the center position.
Ajinca underwent surgery on his right patellar tendon Wednesday and is expected to be out 4-to-6 months.
The surgery will likely leave Ajinca out through the rest of the regular season, but he could rejoin the Pelicans for the postseason should the team qualify. Regardless, Ajinca was never expected to be featured in the team's frontcourt rotation this season barring an unusual number of injuries.
Ajinca (knee) won't play against the Kings on Friday.
Ajinca has been out all season after receiving bilateral injections in his right knee in October and was expected to be out only 4-to-6 weeks. When he returns, he won't likely have a large role at the center position since DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis will play the bulk of those minutes.
Ajinca (knee) will not be available Wednesday against the Nuggets.
Ajinca underwent bilateral injections in his right knee in October, but the team still has not provided any information about his recovery. As a result, we're left a little in the dark regarding when he may return.
Ajinca (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.
The Pelicans haven't provided any indication that Ajinca has ramped up his on-court activities since undergoing bilateral injections in his right knee in October, so it seems quite likely that his absence will stretch into December, if not longer. Once he's deemed fully healthy, Ajinca may not be included in the rotation, and won't be in store for significant minutes if he is.
Ajinca (knee) won't play Wednesday against the Spurs.
After requiring bilateral injections in his right knee in October to ease the pain he had been experiencing during training camp, Ajinca was expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks. Though the short end of that timetable has now arrived, it's unclear how close Ajinca is to returning to the court. Even once he's deemed healthy, Ajinca isn't certain to be included in the rotation with both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins capable of handling all the center minutes most nights.
Ajinca underwent bilateral knee injections Thursday and is expected to be out for 4-to-6 weeks, Pelicans studio host Daniel Sallerson reports.
Ajinca was slated to miss the first two games of the regular season, and with the big man still dealing with knee pain, the injections ended up being the best route for the team to take. With the given timetable, the best scenario for Ajinca would be a return in mid-November.
Ajinca (knee) won't play during Friday's game against the Warriors.
A knee injury is still giving Ajinca significant discomfort and he'll miss his second game in a row. In his absence Wednesday, Demarcus Cousins saw 38 minutes and Anthony Davis was given 40 minutes. Cheick Diallo played just one minute, but still remains an option for increased minutes Friday.
Ajinca (knee) will not play during the team's season opener Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
With the Pelicans lacking great frontcourt depth, this is a significant blow to the team's rotation. With Ajinca out, Asik (illness) out and Anthony Davis (illness) questionable Wednesday, the team will seemingly have to rely heavily on Cheick Diallo and Dante Cunningham off the pine.
Ajinca is not expected to play in the Pelicans' season opener Wednesday in Memphis, Will Guillory of NOLA.com reports.
It's unclear if Ajinca is dealing with an injury or if the Pelicans are simply planning to designate him as a healthy inactive. Regardless, it's safe to ignore Ajinca in anything but the deepest of leagues, barring an injury or two to the Pels' frontcourt.
Ajinca (personal) isn't listed on the injury report for Friday's preseason tilt with the Thunder.
Ajinca missed the preseason opener on Tuesday with what was described as a personal matter, but it appears he's ready to rejoin the team ahead of Friday's contest. That being said, Ajinca likely won't see minutes more than the teens on most nights once the regular season arrives, keeping him off the radar in the majority of fantasy formats.