The Los Angeles Lakers already have a full roster for the 2016-17 NBA season. Despite some improvements, sports analysts predict that the Lakers might regret giving center Timofey Mozgov a monster deal.
The Los Angeles Lakers went into the free agency needing a star center. Before July 1, star free agents like Hassan Whiteside and Al Horford were the emerging names to be targeted by the Lakers. Some said that coach Luke Walton could bring Festus Ezeli in Los Angeles.
However, as the free agency hit, the Lakers immediately made their move and reached an agreement with Timofey Mozgov. The 30-year-old Russian center signed a four-year deal worth $64 million with the purple and gold.
Despite the criticisms, Luke Walton took responsibility saying that he was the one who pushed the Lakers to make the move.
“He also allows us to be able to run half-court sets through the post and things of that nature. I was huge on pushing to try to get Mozgov and I’m thrilled that we were able to get that done.” Walton said.
Now that Luke Walton is their new head coach, the Lakers are expected to adapt the ‘small-ball’ offense. Walton must be seeing former Warriors center Andrew Bogut in Mozgov. He also emphasized that the Russian center will be playing a major factor on defense.
“To me, the best way to run is to get stops on defense. And the best way to get stops on defense is to have a big that can anchor that defense down and change shots and block shots, and now we’re out and running.” Walton added.
Some people said that the Lakers just have no choice in signing Timofey Mozgov. Recalling when free agency hit, Hassan Whiteside and Kevin Durant didn’t even give them the chance to set an appointment.
However, fans kept on shaking their head on why did the Lakers give him a long, expensive contract. Knowing he is already 30, his performance when he was with the Cavaliers was not that impressive.
ESPN ranked Mozgov third worst free agency acquisition. With the nearing start of the 2016-17 NBA season, Timofey Mozgov will be having the chance to prove that the Lakers made the right choice of giving him a monster deal.
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