The Los Angeles Lakers were criticized for signing Timofey Mozgov to a huge contract in 2016 offseason. NBA rumors now surround L.A. after they lost Mozgov to an injury over the weekend and could possibly start talking possible trades for Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor.
Unfortunately for the L.A. squad, they could be missing the Russian center to start the new NBA season as he got hurt while playing for the Russian national team in an international friendly over the weekend.
According to NBA.com, Mozgov will undergo MRI and he will be re-evaluated sometime this week. Mozgov will miss the next two games for Russia and possibly the preseason games for the Lakers later this year depending on the severity of the injury.
This puts the Lakers in a tough situation as they projected Mozgov to be the starting center for the squad, which features young players like D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle.
Mozgov is the lone big man in the Lakers roster though they have other young forwards and centers like Larry Nance, Tarik Black and Ivaca Zubic. Could the Lakers make a deal before the season starts and get their starting big man to replace Mozgov in the starting line-up?
Previous NBA rumors had the Lakers linked to the Philadelphia 76ers because they have available big men on the trading block. Reportedly available for trades are Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor for Philadelphia, who are aiming for a more “balanced roster” to enter the 2016-2017 season.
While the Lakers have not announced anyone on their trading block, they have the guards to offer Philadelphia for a possible deal. Russell and Clarkson share the same point guard position and the Lakers could deal one of them especially if they can get another big man to replace Mozgov or pair with the Russian center when he returns from injury.
Okafor is reportedly on the trading block, with his name included in many NBA rumors this 2016 offseason. The young big man was linked to the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves in many reports.
Would a Jahlil Okafor trade for D’Angelo Russell or Jordan Clarkson work for the Sixers and Lakers? Philadelphia gets their starting point guard while Los Angeles gets a franchise big man.
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