Lauvergne split time with two different organizations during the 2016-17 campaign, as he was dealt from the Thunder to the Bulls at the end of February. Between the two teams, he played in 70 games and averaged 5.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 14.0 minutes per contest. However, after the Bulls opted to rescind his qualifying offer, he was officially sent to unrestricted free agency and will now sign with a championship contender in the the Spurs. With Dwayne Dedmon heading to the Hawks, and David Lee opting out of his contract, Lauvergne should provide some much-needed depth in the frontcourt at both power forward and center. Still, with Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge expected to be back in San Antonio, that should limit Lauvergne's overall upside as a fantasy option.
Lauvergne finished with 14 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 15 minutes during Thursday's 102-90 victory over the 76ers.
Lauvergne jacked up 10 shots in just 15 minutes of action Thursday, draining six of his attempts on route to 14 total points. In the seven games since returning to the bench after securing a start March 22 against the Pistons due to Robin Lopez's one-game suspension, Lauvergne has averaged 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds across 14.4 minutes per game while knocking down 46.3 percent of his attempts from the field. Though he's a nice piece off the Bulls' bench, his numbers make him largely ignorable in the majority of fantasy formats. That being said, he can make for a solid option in DFS if he's due for extended minutes.
Lauvergne will move back to the bench for Friday's game agains the 76ers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Lauvergne paid dividends for those who gambled on him in DFS lineups Wednesday when he was awarded the start in the Bulls' victory over the Pistons, as the third-year big man posted 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes. However, it's unlikely he'll receive a real chance to build on that performance, since he'll presumably be in store for a steep reduction in playing time while heading back to the second unit with Robin Lopez returning from a one-game suspension. Lopez should take on the bulk of the minutes at center, but Lauvergne will function as his primary backup with Cristiano Felicio (back) due to miss his second straight contest.
Lauvergne registered 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 117-95 victory over the Pistons.
With Robin Lopez suspended after his altercation last game, Lauvergne started and played well with his minutes, shooting over 50 percent from the floor and snatching a team-high in rebounds. Although he had a solid showing Wednesday night, don't expect many games like this as Lopez will return from suspension next game and Lauvergne will resume his role on the bench, where he's averaged just 14.2 minutes per contest.
Usual starter Robin Lopez was suspended for Wednesday's game after an altercation and eventual ejection on Tuesday. To go along with that, Chritiano Felicio has also been ruled out with a bruised lower back, which leaves Lauvergne as the only true big man left in the fold. He should get a heavy workload at center Thursday, but it will only be a short term increase in value, as Lopez should be cleared for the Bulls' next contest.
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