The Los Angeles Lakers began to pursue free agent center Timofey Mozgov at the start of the free agency. The Lakers have reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth $64 million with Mozgov.
7-foot-1 Mozgov was roped in to strengthen the center position to complement power forward Julius Randle, point guard D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 overall pick of the NBA draft.
Mozgov was out of the rotation in Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs as he struggled to live up to the expectations last season. He had a terrific season in 14-15 after being traded to the Cavs by the Denver Nuggets.
.@WojVerticalNBA: Lakers, Timofey Mozgov have agreed to four-year, $64 million deal.
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) July 1, 2016
Mozgov can officially sign when the NBA’s free agency moratorium ends on July 7, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
Mozgov featured in 46 games with the Cavs in 2015 season and averaged 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. He was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2011 by the New York Knicks as a part of Carmelo Anthony deal. The Russian big man received a three-year extension from the Nuggets in 2013.
The Lakers are projected to have a cap room of $56 million this summer and focused on their need to add a big man at the center position. The franchise is also trying to sign Nicolas Batum.
Mozgov posted averages of 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 17.4 minutes in 76 regular-season games for the NBA champions Cleveland Cavaliers. His average playing minutes declined drastically in the playoffs to 5.8 minutes per game.
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