According to a report, Joffrey Lauvergne of the San Antonio Spurs suffered a knee injury during a prep game for Eurobasket.
San Antonio Spurs big man Joffrey Lauvergen suffered a left knee injury in a game on Tuesday between Team France vs. Team Croatia before Eurobasketball 2017, according to the French Basketball Federation (h/t News4SanAntonio.com). Lauvergne had the knee examined, and will be allowed to continue to get ready for Eurobasket.
Of course, this could have been worse, given sports league’s history of knee injuries that can be a torn ACL, MCL, PCL, or patella tendon, among other ailments. So, it’s a positive to see Lauvergne will be okay and just needs rest before a return to the court.
It will be worth monitoring how Lauvergne does with his knee in Eurobasket games, however. If it’s at risk for aggravation, then you have to wonder if the Spurs contact the French National Team (if they haven’t already) to discuss the situation and go over potential playing time for their 6-foot-11 signing.
The Spurs signed Lauvergne to a deal in July’s NBA free agency. While the organization didn’t announce his contract, Basketball-Reference has it listed for two years, $3.1 million. This equates to the veteran’s minimum (with three years of service) for the 2017-18 season, with 2018-19 as a player option. He should provide depth behind Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge at center and power forward, after the departure of Dewayne Dedmon (Atlanta Hawks) and David Lee (unsigned).
Lauvergne came off a season that saw him split time on the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 70 games played.
Prior to this, Lauvergne spent his first two seasons with the Denver Nuggets. He topped out at 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in the 2015-16 season. This came out to 16.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in his Per 36 Minutes numbers.