The French pivot Alexis Ajinça, European champion in 2013 with the Blues and who has 274 matches in the NBA, has decided to end his career at 33, he said. announced on his Twitter account on Friday. “The time has come for me to turn the page as a professional player. Basketball has brought me a lot,” he tweeted, accompanying his text with a drawing depicting him playing the ball. the hand and on the shoulder, with behind the ten jerseys that he will have worn during his career (nine clubs and the French team).

Trained at the federal center and passed by the young teams of Pau-Orthez, Ajinça was drafted in 2008 in 20th position by the Charlotte Bobcats. After three seasons under the colors of the Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, and Toronto Raptors, he returned to France between late 2011 and late 2013, in Toulon and then in Strasbourg.

He returned to the NBA in December 2013, for a second, more prolific career in the North American league with the New Orleans Pelicans, notably playing in the 1st round of the play-offs NBA (lost 4-0 against the Golden State Warriors). The native of Saint-Etienne has played 39 times with the France team jersey, and participated in the coronation of the gang for Tony Parker at Euro-2013 scoring 4 points in the final against Lithuania. Ajinça played his last matches for Villeurbanne in March 2019.