• Joffrey Lauvergne scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds and no defensive stats in 23 minutes off the bench on Tuesday against the Magic.

    Lauvergne’s quick and productive return to the lineup after a facial bruise and Jusuf Nurkic’s immediate nosedive at a minimum didn’t waste owners’ time too much.  Nurkic has knee and attitude issues but Michael Malone is one of the best in the business at shaping guys up and whenever that happens he’ll have plenty of upside.  It’s just not likely to happen this year.  Lauvergne needs to do this a few more times before we recommend a pickup.

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