The Lakers performance last season saw the franchise lose 65 games, and their 2014 record of 21-61 is the worst in franchise history. It’s a far cry from the championship team that has become a household name during their “showtime” heydays.
The past two seasons have made them the “Lost” Angles Lakers, which their new coach, Luke Walton looks too revamp. This coming season will be their first without superstar Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers needs more leadership in their young, yet tractable lineup. This is one thing Brandon Ingram has recently talked about and wishes to provide. They need a big man in the middle, but nobody has told them they did not need to sign Timofey Mozgov for a four-year, $64 million contract.
That’s what the Lakers just did, as confirmed now by Ken Berger of CBS Sports that both sides have agreed in principle to a multiyear deal.
Timofey Mozgov now earns around $4 million more than Stephen Curry.
Prior to landing a huge agreement with the Lakers for the 2016-2017 seasons, Mozgov has played for the reigning world champions Cleveland Caveliers with a meager contribution of only 23 minutes in this year’s finals.
He only averaged 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game last season.
The Lakers won’t be expecting Timofey Mozgov to be a scoring machine, but with the salary he’ll be receiving he’s expected to play a major role alongside Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russel, Julius Randle, and if they won’t be trading away Jordan Clarkson.
He will certainly be able to help with the rebounding for a team that landed at 24th in defensive rebounding, 21st in total rebounding.
Mozgov is nearing 30 years old, and his speed is suspect, as to how he will fit in a team that is now gearing for more quickness and speed, much alike the Warrior’s style of game play.
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