Lakers Sign Timofey Mozgov To Four-Year Deal

JULY 8: The Lakers have formally announced their deal with Mozgov, via a press release.

JULY 1: The Lakers have reached an agreement with free agent center Timofey Mozgov on a four-year contract worth $64MM, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter link). We heard earlier tonight that the two sides were in serious discussions and were nearing a deal.NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons

It’s an eye-popping payday for Mozgov, who will turn 30 later this month. He was a part-time starter and rotational piece for the Cavaliers’ championship team this past season, averaging 6.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 0.8 BPG in 17.4 minutes per contest. However, he was essentially a non-factor in the playoffs, averaging less than six minutes per game in the 13 postseason contests in which he played.

A year ago, Mozgov was a full-time starter in the postseason for the Cavs, averaging 14.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, and 2.4 BPG during the team’s 2015 playoff run. That’s the sort of production the Lakers will likely be hoping for from the seven-footer going forward.

Before agreeing to sign Mozgov, the Lakers had been linked to a number of other free agent centers, including Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside, among others. However, it’s not clear how much interest there was from the players’ sides in those cases. For what it’s worth, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com tweets that Pau Gasol wouldn’t have been entirely opposed to a Lakers reunion.

By reaching a non-max deal with a center, the Lakers will also now have a little extra cap flexibility to address other positions.

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angrypoptart99
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angrypoptart99
2 months 26 days ago

Terrible

angrypoptart99
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angrypoptart99
2 months 26 days ago

I can sew bismack getting less and he is way better

IamMe
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IamMe
2 months 26 days ago

You must be on something

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 26 days ago

Biz is younger and MIGHT have more upside but he is much more limited offensively than Mozie. On a contender like Toronto where he can clean up for their star players he would be much more of a liability for the Lakers whereas Mozie can be a featured player from the post.

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 26 days ago

Keep in mind Biz was a 7th overall pick who has been a bust so far in his first 5 seasons.

Surprisingly a Bucks Fan
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Surprisingly a Bucks Fan
2 months 26 days ago

bust? he didn’t have very high expectations when he got drafted. he was far from polished and it took him some time but I wouldn’t say bust

JT19
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JT19
2 months 25 days ago

He’s not a bust (yet) but he also didn’t live up to expectations in Charlotte.

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 25 days ago

He was a #7 pick taken ahead of prospects from well known college programs such as Brandon Knight (Kentucky), Kemba Walker (UConn) and Jim Fredette. And even though they were not as highly regarded coming out of college, he was taken ahead of Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard too. He was absolutely expected to be a better player than what he has shown, although they felt he might need time to get it going. It’s been at least 5 years since he’s been in the NBA and hasn’t shown a lick of being more than a role player.

Erik in Oki
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Erik in Oki
2 months 18 days ago

First of all KnicksCavsFan wtf mate? Jump off a bandwagon please. Second the Jimmer is terrible at best.

JT19
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JT19
2 months 26 days ago

How is he way better? The guy has done nothing up until this postseason but even then, his game is extremely limited. He can’t post up and basically turns it over everytime he touches it when its not a rebound or putback.

kylewait89
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kylewait89
2 months 26 days ago

The guy played twenty-two minutes per game and still averaged 8 boards a game. If his number is 30 minutes a game, you are guaranteeing double digit boards a night along with significant rim protection. While he is 23, he may never develop an offensive game. Is that so bad to have a guy who is essentially your energy guy on offense while playing a high level of defense?

JT19
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JT19
2 months 25 days ago

No its not, but he’s not way better than Mozgov, and I don’t know if I’d even say better. Mozgov does all the same things while also contributing more on the offensive end.

angrypoptart99
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angrypoptart99
2 months 26 days ago
Money113
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Money113
2 months 26 days ago

Garbage

ObamaDinoKiller
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ObamaDinoKiller
2 months 26 days ago

scrubs making all star money. RIP NBA

KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
2 months 26 days ago

Lakers are clearly going to have to pay a premium to get players to come to LA (much like how my Knicks have to overpay now). But clearly, in this new age $16 mil is not “all-star money” especially for bigs capable of giving you a double/double.

AGAVE
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AGAVE
2 months 26 days ago

Good sign.
Now keep him injury free and use him in rotations

angrypoptart99
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angrypoptart99
2 months 26 days ago

*see

Tyfcpsts
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Tyfcpsts
2 months 26 days ago

Strike one Lakers.
Not sure if it is better to sign a second tier guy and lose or not sign someone and lose. FML

JT19
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JT19
2 months 26 days ago

If Mozgov plays at the 2015 playoff run level, this is a good signing. It’ll be interesting to see what Biyombo gets since they’re similar players who only had success in a only one year’s playoffs.

JFactor
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JFactor
2 months 26 days ago

This is still over 12 mil a year under the old salary cap system.

And that’s an over pay there.

Teams are going to over react to this cap change and don’t realize the economics well enough

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