According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Denver Nuggets will trade big man Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for two future 2nd round picks. (Apparently Denver loves to receive second round picks from the Thunder in pairs.) The 24-year old Frenchman played in 59 games last season, averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.6 minutes of game action. He shot 51.3% from the field, 24.5% from deep, and a big man leading 90% from the line. Lauvergne is scheduled to make $1.71 million this season and fit into the Thunder’s available cap space.
With this trade, the Thunder’s roster sits at 16 guaranteed contracts. They will need to trim the roster down to 15 by the beginning of the season. With that in mind, there is likely another move on the horizon for the Thunder. Oklahoma City’s recent moves suggest they may be preparing for a bigger trade, possibly involving one of their rotational big men or maybe even second year point guard Cameron Payne. Lauvergne’s game reminds me a lot of a more mobile Enes Kanter, and he could flourish playing beside a big man like Steven Adams.