Mozgov suffered a left ankle sprain during Wednesday's practice. Mozgov could miss some extra practice time due to the injury, but he's already expected to sit out the rest of the season while the Lakers get their younger centers more minutes, so he's firmly off the radar in fantasy leagues whether he's healthy or not. Ivica Zubac is set to start at center the rest of the season, with Tarik Black serving as his primary backup.
Mozgov is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports. Mozgov has seen the floor in only two of the Lakers past 14 outings, so the fact that he'll likely be shut down for the remainder of the season doesn't come as much of a surprise at this point. The Lakers would seemingly rather get a look at their young guys -- Ivica Zubac and Tarik Black -- at the center slot for the remainder of the season, as the Lakers have no chance to make the playoffs. It's unclear whether or not he'll still practice with the team, but his fantasy value is about as close to none as it can be with this news coming down the pipeline.
Mozgov (coach's decision) failed to see the floor in a 122-111 loss to the Mavericks. After being held out of the rotation in eight of nine games, Mozgov slotted in as the second-unit center in Sunday's loss to the Pelicans, producing eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes. He was only included in the rotation for that contest because Ivica Zubac (quad) was unavailable, but with the rookie cleared to suit up Tuesday, Mozgov didn't leave the bench. So long as Zubac and starting center Tarik Black stay healthy the rest of the way, there won't be many opportunities for Mozgov to play. The 30-year-old is already looking like a bad investment for the Lakers after signing a four-year, $64 million contract last summer.
Mozgov will move to the bench Monday against the Knicks, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports. The Lakers will shake things up Monday, as both Mozgov and Luol Deng will come off the bench. Tarik Black will get the nod at center, with Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram at the two forward spots. Mozgov has started all 52 games in which he's played this season, and at this point it's unclear if the shift to the bench will be permanent. It's likely that coach Luke Walton is simply looking for something to spark the Lakers, who have dropped 10 of their last 12 contests heading into Monday.
Mozgov went for nine points (4-9 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block over 17 minutes in Thursday's 96-88 loss to the Jazz. Mozgov is being pushed by emerging rookie Ivica Zubac, who's outpaced him in playing time the last two games, providing consecutive double-doubles in the process. However, the veteran center was impressive in his own right Thursday relative to his modest playing time. The scoring total was Mozgov's best since Jan. 8 versus the Magic, and he's now hauled in between eight and 11 rebounds in three of the last four contests. However, the 30-year-old's minutes often max out in the low 20s, and given Zubac's recent play, that figure could be even more limited for the foreseeable future, even if Mozgov holds on to his spot on the first unit.
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