Lauvergne signed with Fenerbahce of the EuroLeague on Friday, Ismail Senol of beIN sports reports.
Lauvergne opting out of his contract with the Spurs was all part of the big man's effort to head overseas. After playing a limited role with the Spurs in 2017-18, Lauvergne should see a lot more playing time and be a key member of Fenerbahce's team this coming season.
Lauvergne declined his $1.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season Friday and will become a free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
There have been reports that Lauvergne is exploring options to play overseas, and opting out of his current contract with the Spurs certainly supports those notions. Lauvergne has received offers from EuroLeague clubs Barcelona, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce. He appeared in 55 games with the Spurs last season, but he averaged just under 10 minutes per game.
Lauvergne (personal) will be available for Game 4 against the Warriors on Sunday, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Lauvergne missed Game 2 and Game 3 while dealing with the loss of a family member. He played just six minutes in Game 1, and that seems like a reasonable outcome for Game 4 as well.
Lauvergne will be missing a third consecutive contest, as he continues to be listed as out for for personal business reasons. The specifics behind that aren't clear and with the Spurs likely to be outed in four or five games, there's a chance Lauvergne isn't back at all for the duration of the team's playoff experience. His next shot will come on Sunday.
Lauvergne will miss Monday's Game 2 against the Warriors due to a personal matter.
The exact reasoning behind Lauvergne's absence isn't known, so it's unclear if this is something that could keep him out of additional contests as well. That said, Lauvergne played just six minutes in Game 1 on Saturday, so his absence shouldn't have a drastic impact on the Spurs' regular rotation.
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