Joffrey Lauvergne

Joffrey LauvergneJoffrey Lauvergne (born September 30, 1991) is a French professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 55th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA draft, who then traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets. After two years in INSEP (2007–2009), Joffrey Lauvergne arrived in Chalon-sur-Saône in 2009. With Élan Chalon he won a French League in 2012, two French Cups in 2011 and 2012, and Leaders Cup in 2012. Lauvergne averaged 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the French League. He was waived by the team on 25 November 2012. On November 28, 2012, Lauvergne signed a short-term deal with the ACB club Valencia. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in five matches.
On Decembr 28, 2012, Lauvergne signed a two and half year contract with Partizan Belgrade. After breakthrough half-season he was having in Partizan, he was drafted 55th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA Draft, who then traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets. It was also announced that he will stay some time overseas before joining the NBA. Later in the summer of 2013, Lauvergne confirmed that he will stay with the club for another season, despite the financial problems the club was facing. In his second Euroleague season, with lot of trust from head coach Duško Vujoševic, he has made big steps forward in his development, becoming one of the best rebounders in the league averaging 9.3 rebounds in 10 regular season games. His games haven’t gone unseen, as Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly has said that they really liked the progress he has madeJoffrey Lauvergne through the season. When team captain Dragan Milosavljevic injured, Lauvergne was appointed as new team captain. This made him first foreign captain in history of the Serbian team. Over 24 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 11.1 points per game, while also leading the league with 8.6 rebounds per game. Along with his teammate Bogdan Bogdanovic, he was selected for the ideal team of the 2013–14 ABA League season. Partizan finished season by winning its 13th consecutive title, defeating arch rivals Crvena zvezda by 3-1 in the final series.
Day after leaving Partizan, he left the farewell letter praising his old teammates, coaching staff, fans and Serbian people in general. He also stated that he was feeling like part of family, almost like at home, surrounded with love and care from the people in the club.
On June 23, 2014, he signed a two-year deal with the Russian club Khimki. According to the Serbian daily press Vecernje novosti, Partizan also received US$600,000 in the name of buyout from Khimki, as Lauvergne was still under contract with Partizan. On February 4, 2015, Lauvergne parted ways with Khimki. Over 27 games, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. On February 19, 2015, Lauvergne signed a reported two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets.Three days later, he made his NBA debut, recording 8 points and 3 rebounds in the Nuggets’ 119–94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On February 19, 2016, Lauvergne scored a career-high 22 points in the Nuggets’ 116–110 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
On August 30, 2016, Lauvergne was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for two protected 2017 second round draft picks. On February 3, 2017, he scored a season-high 16 points in a 114–102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. On February 23, 2017, Lauvergne was traded, along with Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow,to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round draft pick. ShubhpujaOn July 18, 2017, Lauvergne signed with the San Antonio Spurs. On February 13, 2018, he scored a career-high 26 points to go with a season-high 11 rebounds in a 117–109 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Lauvergne is a member of the senior men’s French national basketball team. He won the gold medal with France at the EuroBasket 2013.
The following summer, he won the bronze medal with France at the 2014 World Cup. His role in the team increased, and he averaged 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over nine tournament games.

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