Joffrey Lauvergne was drafted 55th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies and then traded to our Denver Nuggets in the 2013 NBA Draft. Here’s a snippet from his Draft Express Profile to help explain why the Denver Nuggets acquired him:
Joffrey Lavergne has played for Partizan Belgrade of the Euroleague since December 28th, 2012. Admittedly, I do not watch Euroleague basketball so I will take the following information directly from his Wikipedia page:
In his second Euroleague season, with lot of trust from head coach Dusko Vujosevic, 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 hasn’t gone unseen, as Denver Nuggets GM Tim Connelly has said that they really liked the progress he has made through the season. Over 24 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 11.1 points per game, while also leading the league with 8.6 rebounds per game.
According to this article from Sportando.com :
The big man (Joffrey Lauvergne) has contract for next season and the most difficult part will be to reach a buyout agreement with Partizan who is facing some financial problems.
It’s fair to say the Denver Nugget power forward situation is already crowded with Kenneth Faried, JJ Hickson, Darrel Arthur needing their minutes. Mix in Anthony Randolph and Quincy Miller already playing all the garbage minutes available in the front court, something has got to give. I’m intrigued! Hopefully the Nuggets can have Joffrey Lauvergne on their summer league roster.