Lakers, Timofey Mozgov Closing In On Deal

11:41pm: Mozgov and the Lakers are closing in on a four-year deal worth about $16MM annually, Brad Turner of The L.A. Times confirms (via Twitter).

11:38pm: The Lakers and free agent center Timofey Mozgov are in “serious negotiations” on a four-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter link). Wojnarowski adds that a four-year deal for Mozgov is expected to land in the $65MM range (Twitter link).

Although the Lakers have been linked to a number of free agent centers, including top-tier players like Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside, it appears the team is focused on Mozgov now, with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak reaching out to him as soon as free agency opened, per Wojnarowski (via Twitter). The team hasn’t reached out to Horford, per Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times (via Twitter).

While the Lakers pursue Mozgov, the team is also keeping a close eye on Nicolas Batum. Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times tweets that the veteran forward is at or near the top of L.A.’s wish list.

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Tyfcpsts
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Tyfcpsts
3 months 2 hours ago

Whiteside should have been numero uno priority. I guess I should be glad this article is not about Parsons, but damn. Going to 3rd choice right off the bat is disappointing.

Joe Johnson
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Joe Johnson
3 months 2 hours ago

64mil for this scrub omg the Lakers are clueless…

NYY42
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NYY42
2 months 29 days ago

X2

kylewait89
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kylewait89
3 months 2 hours ago

I’m incredibly confused even with the cap jump how a guy who doesn’t play that much gets 16M annually. I have a feeling the landscape of contracts is about to look more ridiculous than baseball.

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
3 months 1 hour ago

He didn’t play much…for the Cavs. But he was our starting C for the first 45 games until Lue decided to bench him and go with a more up tempo style. He also started 80 games the 2014-15 season split between the Knicks and Cavs.

I think Mozie could start on at least 15 teams in the NBA.

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
3 months 1 hour ago

I also think it’s not a bad idea to have a solid post scoring option on a team that is very shaky on offense from the 3 pt line.

kylewait89
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kylewait89
2 months 29 days ago

Could start on 15 teams? Which teams? None of them that are good.

AGAVE
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AGAVE
3 months 2 hours ago

Every year it appears more

aarongill
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aarongill
3 months 2 hours ago

I’m so done. He’s 29!!!!! He’s garbage. Omg. Messing up again. Would’ve rather gave this to Bismack or Ezeli. Or traded for Bogut and try for next years young centers.

MT
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MT
3 months 2 hours ago
I think this deal will look sane in the coming days, with the inflated numbers that’ll be floated out there for mediocre talents. The Lakers needed a big, needed someone to anchor their defense, someone who didn’t need touches. They got him. For a deal that’s equivalent to about $8M a year only a few years ago. My question is: how is the deal structured? It would be a great deal if the Lakers front loaded it entirely, since they likely won’t get any great FAs this year, so they have the talent with lower cap holds in future years.… Read more »
Lakeshow81
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Lakeshow81
3 months 2 hours ago

As a laker fan and ticket holder this is pretty depressing. I get that contracts are going to be inflated but this guy is the definition of average.

MT
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MT
3 months 1 hour ago
I agree (also a season ticket holder), but at the same time, there’s something equally depressing about maxing a guy like Chandler Parsons, just because the market is in a wonky place and we’re talent-poor. I feel like if we make some smart, un-sexy moves to help our team develop (and Mozgov might do that – defensively, at least – and definitely is un-sexy), instead of making dumb moves to try to get to, what, 30 wins this year, 40 at best, we’ll be in a better position for 2017 when the FA class is great. Developed core, strong role… Read more »
KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
3 months 1 hour ago
I was hoping the Cavs could hold on to him but that’s obviously way too much to pay for security against injuries. This seems to scream that the Lakers probably don’t feel as if they have a shot at any of the top C. If Laker fan is honest with themselves then it isn’t a bad choice. Whiteside seems destined to go to Dallas. Noah is going to the Knicks. Howard and Gasol have no desire to come back to LA. Horford wants to play for a contender? Who else is there in terms of a real big willing to… Read more »
Pihc123
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Pihc123
3 months 1 hour ago

WoW!!! Lakers go with Mozgov as their first priority. Now I’ve seen it all. Smh.

Jonathan
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Jonathan
3 months 1 hour ago

65 million???? Holy hell for him!

Pihc123
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Pihc123
3 months 1 hour ago

At least he’s a good player with some upside. From what I’ve seen so far, this may end up being a very good contract for player and team.

kylewait89
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kylewait89
2 months 29 days ago

The term getting Mozgoved was coined for a reason. It isn’t because of his upside.

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