Joffrey Lauvergne Rumors

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Joffrey Lauvergne
Position: F
Born: 09/30/91
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $1,709,719
Malone has said a few times that Lauvergne is part of the Nuggets’ future, but the second-year center knows business can sometimes get in the way. “We’ll see,” he said, when asked if thinks he will be playing for the Nuggets after the trade deadline. Interest in Lauvergne, 24, is nothing new. Calls inquiring about his availability started coming in before the season even started. The Nuggets rebuffed them then and are likely to hold on to him through the trade deadline, but nothing is set in stone.
Still, coach Michael Malone insists Lauvergne is a big part of the Nuggets’ future. “With Joffrey, what I told him was whether you play … or you don’t play, I just want to reinforce to you how much we value you,” Malone said. “Not just me but also (general manager) Tim (Connelly). He’s a big part of what we’re doing, but long term he’s a big part of what we want to do. We believe in Joffrey Lauvergne. It’s tough for him to hear that and not get the minutes that he’s not getting at the moment, but you feel bad for guys like that because Joffrey is one of our hardest workers.”
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Lauvergne began the season as Denver’s starting center, but three games into the season he was felled by a bad back. He missed 13 consecutive games, and when he returned Jokic had taken over. That was the beginning of a cut in court time. But he believes Malone when he is told that he has a bright future with the team. “I think I’m a part of this team, and they want me for the future,” Lauvergne said. “So I stay ready and I wait to have my chance.”
“He’s definitely rounding back into form,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone. “I wasn’t surprised that it took a little time to get back to that, when you miss that many games — and the kind of injury he had, the back, he couldn’t do anything. When you have a bad back, it really inhibits the movements you’re able to do.” His back injury cost the 6-foot-11, 220-pound Lauvergne nearly a month of time. He has played in nine games since returning, gradually getting better each game. And in the last week, Lauvergne has started to bump his performance to a higher level. In his last three games, Lauvergne has two double-doubles and is averaging 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the field, including 50 percent from the 3-point line.