Timofey Mozgov to Cavaliers For 1st Rounder?
The Cleveland Cavaliers might not be done bolstering their roster for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season. Apparently bringing home LeBron James and landing Kevin Love isn’t enough. They have to get grade A depth, too.
According to reports, they could be on the hunt for top level depth at center. Thanks to starting center Anderson Varejao’s history of health issues, the team has reportedly extended an offer to the Denver Nuggets for starting center Timofey Mozgov.
Per the report, the Cavs are willing to give up a future first round draft pick to land Mozgov, who could either operate as Varejao’s direct backup or even rotate with the often injured star center in the starting lineup. Regardless of Mozgov’s pending exact role in Cleveland, his mere presence would give the Cavaliers fantastic depth down low and another big man who can help defend the paint.
Oddly enough, one of the Miami Heat’s biggest holes when James was in South Beach was their lack of prowess in the post. With Love and Varejao already in town, Mozgov would team up to suddenly give James’ new (and old) team a fairly stacked lineup of bigs.
Nothing is imminent with the deal, however, as Mozgov actually was slowly developing into a solid starting center last year with the Nuggets. In fact, with Denver facing their own question marks with center JaVale McGee’s health, they may actually be reluctant to swing the deal.
Still, the deal appears to be on the table and the Cavs look to be one step closer to getting even more stacked than they already were. Mozgov averaged a career high 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last year, while also averaging a career high 21.6 minutes per game. Mozgov previously had seen no more than 15.6 minutes per game in any season, finally getting the chance to flash solid offensive ability, as well as the ability to hit the glass and block shots.
Whether the Cavs land Mozgov or not, they still don’t appear to be done adding talent. They have been in talks with veteran forward Shawn Marion and have also been loosely tied to sharpshooting shooting guard, Ray Allen. Piece by piece, the Cavaliers are starting to look like the clear cut favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals next year.
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