Zalgiris bolsters roster with former NBA big man 14
Zalgiris fans will see yet another new face in green-and-white, as the Lithuanian champions have signed a one-year deal with French center Joffrey Lauvergne.
The 28-year-old has spent his last two seasons with Fenerbahce, and has also tried his hand in the NBA, where he represented the Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.
Before his run in the NBA, Lauvergne also played for Elan Chalon, Valencia Basket, Partizan Belgrade and Moscow Region Khimki
Last season, the 211 cm hooper averaged 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13 minutes of action in the EuroLeague.
His stats were better in the Turkish league, as he dropped 10.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 22 minutes of playing time on a nightly basis
The newly minted Zalgiris man was also an important member of the French national team. He claimed a gold medal in EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia, and followed it up with bronze medals in the FIBA World Cup in 2014 and EuroBasket 2015.
Lauvergne becomes Zalgiris’ fourth addition of the off-season, as he joins Tomas Dimsa, Steve Vasturia and Marek Blazevic.