Mozgov agreed Friday with the Lakers on a four-year, $64 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. It's quite an exorbitant price to pay for a player who was dropped from the Cavs' rotation for much of the postseason, but after suffering through the Roy Hibbert experience last season, the Lakers were determined to pay up to make an upgrade at center. By virtue of his large contract, Mozgov looks like a safe bet to start for the Lakers heading into 2016-17, and should have an opportunity to post career-best numbers. Per 36 minutes last season, Mozgov averaged 12.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, so low-end double-double production could be in reach for the Russian big man if he settles into a 25-to-30 minute per game role with the Lakers.
Mozgov put up five points (1-3 FG, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and one steal across 12 minutes in Sunday's 110-77 Game 2 loss to the Warriors. With the Cavaliers trailing by 20 points entering the fourth quarter, coach Tyronn Lue turned to his deep reserves early, with Mozgov among those entering the fray. He didn't exactly express during garbage time, turning the ball over twice while committing three fouls. It doesn't seem likely that he'll enter the rotation in Wednesday's Game 3 in Cleveland if the contest is more competitive throughout.
Mozgov played 13 minutes and put up zero points (0-1 FG) and one rebound in Wednesday's 123-98 Game 2 win over the Hawks. Coach Tyronn Lue has jettisoned Mozgov from the rotation during the postseason, as the Cavaliers have embraced smaller lineups with more spacing and three-point shooters. Those skills aren't really a part of Mozgov's repertoire, so don't expect to see much of him outside of blowout games in the vein of Wednesday's game.
Mozgov posted a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double in Wednesday's loss to the Pistons. With a number of regulars sitting out the regular season finale, Mozgov was able to see a season-high 37 minutes, finishing 7-of-12 from the field and adding three assists and two blocks. The big man's role in the postseason is somewhat undefined, and it could vary rather drastically on a game-to-game or series-to-series basis. Coach Tyronn Lue announced earlier in the week that Cleveland will go forth with Tristan Thompson as its starting center.
Mozgov managed four points (2-4 FG), four rebounds, three blocks, and one assist in 22 minutes during the Cavaliers' 109-80 win versus the Bucks on Tuesday. Mozgov hadn't seen more than 17 minutes in any of the last four games. Though Mozgov is a starter, Tristan Thompson typically spends most of the night at center. Thompson saw only 18 minutes, but Tuesday's bout with the Bucks was a blowout, and Mozgov is only a modest contributor who makes a minimal impact in fantasy.
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