Cavaliers Land Timofey Mozgov in Trade With Nuggets
When Anderson Varejao went down over a week ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers knew they’d have to make a move to replace their starting center. Quite frankly, they knew they needed extra help in the paint even before they lost Vareajo. Now they finally got it.
Per reports, the Cavs have landed center Timofey Mozgov in a trade with the Denver Nuggets. Cleveland will reportedly give up two future first round picks to land Mozgov, who could slide in as their new starting center eventually.
Cleveland has been rolling with natural power forward Tristan Thompson at the five spot, and with zero depth behind him, the young big man has been seeing 37-42 minutes per night. With Mozgov now in place to help out, Thompson’s minutes will likely see at least a slight trim. Thompson could still even hold onto the starting center gig, but at the very least he and the rest of the Cavs now have some solid help down low.
The move was the second Cleveland made within a matter of days, as the team pulled the trigger on a deal that netted them swing men J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert on Monday. With LeBron James back in Cleveland and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the mix, the Cavs have shown with both moves that they are serious about winning – and doing so as soon as possible.
It remains to be seen just how everyone will mesh together, while it’s also very likely Cleveland isn’t done making moves. The team could still make another trade, while there also are several free agents that could be brought in. The team has long been interested in beefing up their bench depth at both the wing and in the post, making free agents like Ray Allen, Andrew Bynum, Emeka Okafor and Jermaine O’Neal players to monitor in the coming weeks.
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