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Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Posted on: January 24, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 5:53 pm
Peja Stojakovic has been officially acquired by the Dallas Mavericks, who also announced a trade that sent Alexis Ajinca to the Toronto Raptors.peja-stojakovic Posted by Ben Golliver.

Late last week, we noted that the Toronto Raptors were buying out Peja Stojakovic, and that the veteran forward planned to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. In a not-officially-related move, the Mavericks were going to trade reserve big man Alexis Ajinca to the Raptors. The timing of the two moves raised some questions around the league, and the deal was held up by the league so that an investigation could take place.

On Monday, the Mavericks announced that both moves had been completed. In addition to formally confirming Stojakovic's signing, the Mavericks sent out the following details regarding the Ajinca trade.
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have traded center Alexis Ajinca, a second round draft pick and cash considerations to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for the draft rights to forward Georgios Printezis.
Ajinca (7-2, 248) played in 10 games with 2 starts for Dallas this season. He averaged 2.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 7.5 minutes per game as a Maverick. Ajinca was originally acquired via trade from Charlotte on July 13, 2010.   Printezis (6-9, 230) was the 58th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs before Toronto acquired his rights from San Antonio for a future second round pick. Printezis is a native of Athens, Greece and plays professionally in Spain.
The trade details are surely a formality, as the pick is likely heavily-protected and the draft rights to Printezis are inconsequential.

The move to pick up Stojakovic, of course, is an effort to fill the hole left by Caron Butler's season-ending knee surgery. It's not totally clear how much game the 33-year-old has left, as he's made just eight appearances so far this season. 

This signing is the definition of a low-risk, low-reward move, as Stojakovic will make the veteran's minimum, costing Dallas virtually nothing, and Ajinca wasn't likely to see court time or progress past his "project" status any time soon. Even if Stojakovic is the step-slow, no-defense, spot-up shooting small forward everyone seems to think he is, the only standard he really needs to meet is "better than nothing." reports that Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said on Monday that Stojakovic will not play for Dallas on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers and said that it wasn't yet clear whether he would play on Thursday night against the Houston Rockets.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:35 pm

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Seeing as the Mavericks have folded like a flan in a cupboard since Dirk and Caron went down, trust me, people are still laughing!

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:42 am

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Threshman: As a Spurs fan it would be wise to not worry about the Mavericks. Come june it will not Matter. They'll get beat by the Jazz, or the Nuggets.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:32 am

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

As a Spurs fan here's hoping the mighty Dallas Mavs land more injured players to take up their valuable roster spots. Dumb, dumb dumb!

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:27 am

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

The best part of this move is the Mavs get to hold onto Roddy B. I dont know if Peja has alot left, but weren't most people laughing when the Mavs traded for Marion and Tyson Chandler also? This move certainly can only help, especially since Butler went down. I dont know about the other trade. I think Ajinca can develope with playing time... but he wouldn't get that here.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:39 am

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Exactly, Dallas didn't lose anything.  If anything they gained an offensive SF.  Stojakovic definitely doesn't help the Mav's defense but he is a rangy perimeter player that should add some value to the team.  This also gives Marion the opportunity to come off fresh with the second unit.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:58 pm

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Peja was too "injured" to get into the Raptor's lineup for months. This is typical of what is wrong with the NBA. A guy doesn't like where he gets traded to so he tanks. Then the "lucky" team who traded for him pays him millions of dollars to buy out his contract and then he finds a contender to play for at next to no cost to that team and suddenly he is healed. I picture a religious ceremony with Cuban as the high priest yelling at the top of his lungs " Peja, dear lord HEAL this good man." And Peja throws away his crutches or Forest Gump leg supports jumps up and hits a three. PRAISE BE!! It's a miracle!!

Too much of a player's contract is guaranteed- they are making a mockery of the system.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:52 pm

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Sharpshooter my @$$!!  Maybe back in the day, but those days are long gone.

Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:15 pm

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

It can't hurt Dallas.  they didn't give anything up.  So you have a guy who can nail an open jumper late if they try to double Dirk.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:21 pm

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Peja is nothing but a regular season streaky shooter.  I have fond memories of watching him wilt under the playoff defense that the Lakers smothered him with when he was a King.  The guy can't get his own shot, so when the defense turns up come April and May he will once again fade away.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:19 pm

Stojakovic to Dallas, Ajinca to Toronto are done

Great point epiphany.  I am sure his 33 year old legs have lots of jump shots left in them.  This trade is a big nothing.  The Mavs are reaching.

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