Pelicans' 7-footer Ajinca open to trade if it means playing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca says he'd welcome a trade if it resulted in more playing time.

Any time on the court would be more at this point.

When Ajinca spoke in New Orleans' locker room before Monday night's game against Phoenix, he had not played in 11 straight games and had played only once - for three minutes - in the previous 19 contests.

The 7-foot-2 Frenchman, who has played in the NBA since 2008-09, says he has not been told by Pelicans management that he'd be traded, but says he was aware of reports that New Orleans has been exploring trade possibilities for him as the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline approaches.

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