It looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers are intent on acquiring former New York Knicks. After acquiring J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from New York on Monday, the Cavs continued their remodeling by acquiring former Knick and Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov for two first-round draft picks. The Cavs were in dire need of a seven-footer and Mozgov fits the bill. The big Russian has shown steady improvement from his clueless beginnings in Gotham.
Cleveland has agreed to a deal in principle to acquire Denver center Timofey Mogzgov for two first-round picks, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 7, 2015
Cleveland will send Denver two picks that it controls via Memphis and Oklahoma City, league source tells Yahoo. No other players in deal. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 7, 2015
Since joining Denver as part of that Carmelo Anthony deal back in 2011 Mozgov has shown he can score the basketball, shooting 50% from the field, but more importantly he has improved his rim presence. He certainly has come a long way since becoming an adjective for getting posterized.
Cavs head coach David Blatt is familiar with Mozgov, coaching the big man with Russia’s National Team, so the adjustment period to Blatt’s system should be seamless. Now LeBron James will have three new teammates to work with when he returns from his ailing back and knee problems (Shumpert should be returning from his separated shoulder in a couple weeks) and it won’t be a minute too soon.
If this team plans on making a meaningful run this postseason they better get to work and figure out how to all coexist. Otherwise LeBron is going to have the longest vacation he’s had since 2010 when he was a member of…the Cavs.