Spurs news: Joffrey Lauvergne suffers knee injury while playing for French National Team
Newly-signed San Antonio Spurs big man Joffrey Lauvergne has reportedly suffered a knee injury during a match in France’s preparation for the EuroBasket tournament this summer. The news was first reported by News 4 San Antonio, via the French Basketball Federation.
The good news for him is that after a series of tests, he was cleared by doctors to resume basketball-related activities, and will even travel with the French team next week to Lithuania. Lauvergne is expected to receive a lot of treatment, as part of protocol, to get him as close to 100 percent before the start of the competition.
“Team France Basketball player Joffrey Lauvergne who suffered a traumatic left knee injury during the France-Croatia meeting on Tuesday 8 August in Orléans, carried out additional examinations and saw a specialist In Paris today. In view of the results, the medical team of the Team of France indicated that the player was able to continue the preparation to the EuroBasket. It will be treated for a few days, while following a protocol of care. He will travel next week in Lithuania.”
The 6-foot-11 big man signed with the Spurs in July, after playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls last season. He was part of the Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott deal, and found himself in The Windy City for the 20 games of the year. He is a three-year league veteran with career averages of 6.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assist per game.
His addition to the Spurs will give Gregg Popovich more depth in his frontcourt rotation, especially with Lauvergne having the ability to play both the four and five positions. His new team is hoping that the injury he suffered is not a serious one, and that he can recover from it quickly, to make him available for the start of training camp towards the end of next month.