According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, free agent, Joffrey Lauvergne has signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Lauvergne became an unrestricted free agent on Saturday when the Chicago Bulls pulled his qualifying offer and he quickly drew interest. San Antonio considered many big men and eventually chose Lauvergne to come off the bench and be the backup center for them.
Lauvergne, 25, averages 6.1 points and 4 rebounds per game over the span of 3 seasons. Last season he averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game through 50 games, where he started the season for the Oklahoma City Thunder and finished the season with Chicago after a trade at the deadline. The 6’11” big man represents the “average” European big, as he has a clear ability to shoot the ball from deep. Lauvergne has a similar playstyle as former Spur and fellow Frenchman, Boris Diaw. Lauvergne, like Diaw, can score from deep, and inside consistently. Last year in his short stint with the Thunder, Lauvergne shot 45.5 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from three point range. With Chicago, his stats dipped as he shot a poor 40.2 percent from the field and 30 percent from three point range. In the playoffs, he played 3 games and averaged 4.7 points and 3 rebounds per game.
Lauvergne joins fellow free agent Rudy Gay in San Antonio. San Antonio is likely not done in free agency yet because they still have to figure out what to do with Dewayne Dedmon and Pau Gasol who are free agents.
Lauvergne has never been a great player in the NBA but has been a solid role player so far in his 3-year career and that is exactly what San Antonio sees in him. Lauvergne will likely be the backup to whoever is starting for the Spurs at center, whether it’s Dedmon, Gasol, or someone else.