Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell will be traded to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
With the Lakers attempting to get a better look at some of their younger prospects, Mozgov was shut down during the second half of the 2016-17 campaign. That limited him to just 54 games, for which he averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds over 20.4 minutes. While the move to Brooklyn offers the chance at a fresh start, he's not necessarily guaranteed a huge role, as the Nets essentially took on his contract in an effort to secure the younger and higher upside player in D'Angelo Russell. That said, with Lopez heading to Los Angeles, the Nets currently have just Quincy Acy, Justin Hamilton and Trevor Booker as bigger frontcourt players, so barring any splashy free agent pick-ups in July, Mozgov should at least be a rotation player in Brooklyn.
Mozgov suffered a left ankle sprain during Wednesday's practice.
Mozgov could miss some extra practice time throughout the week, but he's already expected to miss the rest of the season while the Lakers get some younger guys more time, so he's firmly off the radar in fantasy leagues whether he's healthy or not. He'll likely undergo treatment over the next few days, although no timetable for a return was given. Ivica Zubac should continue to work as the team's top center, with Tarik Black coming in as relief.
Mozgov is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.
Mozgov had seen the floor in only two of the Lakers' past 14 outings, so the fact that the team is considering making him inactive for the rest of the season doesn't register as much of a surprise at this point. The Lakers seem content to continue giving extended looks to Ivica Zubac and Tarik Black, the latter of whom started and turned in a career-high 25 points to go with 11 boards in 30 minutes during Monday's loss to the Nuggets. Mozgov will still continue to take part in practices and travel with the team, but the Lakers surely have some buyer's remorse after inking him to a four-year, $64 million deal last July.
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 see the court. The 30-year-old is already looking like a bad investment 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.
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