Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal
METAIRIE - The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension.
The 27-year-old Ajinca's new contract was confirmed by his agent, Mark Bartelstein, in an email to The Associated Press.
Ajinca, who is French, was used last season primarily as a reserve. But when he received more minutes, he usually produced.
He reached double figures in scoring and rebounding on several occasions, pouring in as many as 24 points in a victory over Miami last season and grabbing as many as 14 rebounds in a loss at Philadelphia.
Ajinca has been in the NBA for parts of five seasons, including all of the past two with New Orleans. He appeared in 68 games last season, starting eight, and averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds.