The Denver Nuggets have traded French international Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder for two future second-round picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
The Nuggets will receive the Thunder’s and the Memphis Grizzlies‘ second-round picks.
Product of a draft-night trade with the Grizzlies — Lauvergne was the 55th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.
He had won the starting center spot for the Nuggets until a back injury sidelined him early in the season. When he returned, he settled as a key contributor off the bench.
The Nuggets had a crowded front-court situation with a well-rounded trio of Kenneth Faried, Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic. Lauvergne ended up as the odd man out.
The Thunder is likely to waive the big man for some salary-relief as they have 11 front-court players in the roster, including Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Nick Collison, who should all see ample playing time.
It’s yet to be seen where Lauvergne could find minutes with the Thunder as he doesn’t really stretch the floor, leaving the team purely one-dimensional on the block.
The 6-foot-11, 240-pound center averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Nuggets in 17.6 minutes of play.