The Oklahoma City Thunder send Joffrey Lauvergne to the Golden State Warriors. The Golden State Warriors send a 1st-Rounder (Dal) to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder send a 2nd-Rounder (OKC) to the Golden State Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors receive 10 GM points. The Oklahoma City Thunder trade -10 GM points.
Oklahoma City exercises its team-option for Joffrey Lauvergne.
Joffrey Lauvergne signs with the Oklahoma City Thunder under the MLE for 2 years and $ 1790281.
The Cleveland Cavaliers send Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Cleveland Cavaliers receive 10 GM points. The Oklahoma City Thunder trade -10 GM points.
+ Lanky French forward/center who joined the Nuggets midseason
+ Most useful offensively around the basket and is working to develop NBA 3-point range
+ Solid rebounder but not really a shot-blocker and he must learn NBA goaltending rules
After clearing a roster spot and room under the salary floor, the Nuggets signed 2013 second-round pick Joffrey Lauvergne -- aka King Joffrey -- to a three-year, $5.1 million contract in February. Lauvergne got a 24-game crash course in the NBA that should leave him more comfortable this season.
The 6-foot-11 Lauvergne proved a useful offensive rebounder with his energy. He finished well around the basket, but was hopeless elsewhere, shooting just 6-of-44 (13.6 percent) away from the rim according to Basketball-Reference.com. Denver evidently hopes Lauvergne can develop NBA 3-point range; he was a regular, if not exactly accurate, outside shooter from the FIBA line but went just 3-of-16 beyond the arc with the Nuggets. Lauvergne can make plays as a passer, but at the cost of a high turnover rate -- better than one in six plays he used last season ended in a turnover.
Lauvergne has enough size to play center, and logged about 40 percent of his minutes there last season, but he's not really a shot-blocker. He averaged just 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes. And Lauvergne's strength is more problematic against centers. One area of likely improvement for him this season is understanding the NBA's goaltending rules. Out of habit, he tried to make plays on the ball on the rim, which is legal internationally but not in the NBA.