Recent NBA Trade News revealed the Cleveland Cavaliers are receiving trade interests for Timofey Mozgov. Will the Cavs respond to those?
The Cavs replaced Mozgov with Tristan Thompson in the staring lineup on the December 28 game. Since that game, Mozgov’s minutes and performance have steadily declined. His average in January is 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game. Mozgov is going to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the Cavs are looking for a trade due to his reduced role.
Earlier, the Cavs management was eager to retain him, NBA Trade news suggested. Teams pursuing Mozgov is good news for Cavs. They can expect a huge return from the trade.
The 29-year-old center was acquired by the Cavs from the Denver Nuggets for two protected first-round picks in 2015 draft through Thunder and Grizzlies a year ago.
The 7-feet-1 sixth year NBA veteran posted 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 20 playoff games to lift the Cavs to the NBA finals.
Mozgov now will be eyeing a long-term lucrative deal in free agency, according to recent NBA Trade news. Retaining him could cost the Cavs $26 million in salaries and luxury taxes. A return at the Cavs could be less attractive for Mozgov.