Luwawu-Cabarrot (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Thursday in the Thunder's 138-128 overtime loss to the Lakers. Since the beginning of December, Luwawu-Cabarrot has logged just 10 total minutes while appearing in only six of the Thunder's 23 games over that stretch. Oklahoma City declined the swingman's fourth-year option back in October, so there won't be much incentive for coach Billy Donovan to clear a rotation spot for an inexperienced player who doesn't factor into the team's plans beyond 2018-19.
Luwawu-Cabarrot will return to the bench for Wednesday's matchup with Cleveland, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports. Luwawu-Cabarrot got the spot start Saturday against the Nuggets, providing three points and five rebounds in 21 minutes. Unable to impress Saturday, Luwawu-Cabarrot will return to his usual bench role where he's averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game this year.
Luwawu-Cabarrot will start at shooting guard Saturday against the Nuggets, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports. Coach Billy Donovan, after one game of trying Dennis Schroder next to Russell Westbrook in the starting five, will abandon the strategy Saturday. Over the past four games, Luwawu-Cabarrot is averaging 7.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 18.5 minutes.
Luwawu-Cabarrot provided 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 24 minutes in the Thunder's 117-113 loss to the Kings on Monday. The 23-year-old Frenchman has made an impact in each of the last two games, which also qualify as the only pair of contests in which he's seen double-digit minutes all season. Luwawu-Cabarrot also had a 12-point tally versus the Suns on Saturday, and given the Thunder's dearth of offensive production from the shooting guard spot, he could continue enjoying solid minutes moving forward.
Luwawu-Cabarrot will start at small forward in Wednesday's preseason opener against the Pistons, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports. The Thunder are set to be without a handful of key contributors Wednesday, which includes Russell Westbrook (knee) and Paul George (personal). That gives Luwau-Cabarrot an opportunity to work with the starters during Wednesday's exhibition, potentially giving him a short-term uptick in playing time. Still, once the regular season arrives, Luwawu-Cabarrot will be relegated to the bench and won't be a fantasy contributor in the bulk of formats.
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