San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Joffrey Lauvergne to Sign Two-Year Deal

By Rob Wolkenbrod
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Joffrey Lauvergne
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Joffrey Lauvergne /

The San Antonio Spurs will reportedly sign free agent Joffrey Lauvergne to a contract.

The San Antonio Spurs scooped up Rudy Gay in free agency and re-signed Patty Mills on July 1. Roster spots and salary cap remained, however, for the organization to sign an extra free agent or two.

The Spurs had big men Pau Gasol, David Lee and Dewayne Dedmon as free agents. None of them were re-signed and no one from the open market was brought in. However, that changed on Monday afternoon.

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Spurs will sign Joffrey Lauvergne. The deal is for two years.

Free agent center Joffrey Lauvergne has agreed to a deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell The Vertical.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 10, 2017

The Chicago Bulls, Lauvergne’s former team, pulled his qualifying offer on Saturday. This made him an unrestricted free agent able to sign with any franchise.

The signing of Lauvergne provides the Spurs with a backup center, one that can stretch the floor and provide back-to-the-basket production, with his 6-foot-11 frame. He’s a career 29 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

Lauvergne split last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Bulls, joining the latter in a midseason trade. He combined for 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds, but showed an improved stroke from 3-point range, averaging 33 percent — a career high.

Going beyond the basic stats, Lauvergne had 13.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in his Per 36 Minutes numbers. He also put up a double-double in two seasons with the Denver Nuggets.

Lauvergne isn’t a rim protector, though. He averaged just 0.2 blocks per game in 153 appearances, never having more than 15 per season. With this being the case, could that mean the Spurs re-sign and use Gasol off the bench as a shot blocker? That may lead to a smaller lineup for next season, unless the Spurs feel they should stretch the floor as much as possible.

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What do you think of the Spurs’ acquisition of Lauvergne? Where will he fit on the team?