Timofey Mozgov

#20 C / Brooklyn Nets / EXP: 7YRS Height: 7-1 Weight: 275 lb Age: 31 College: None

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Timofey Mozgov signed a lucrative four-year, $64 million contract with the Lakers during free agency in the summer of 2016, which was one of the more surprising deals at the time. Suffice it to say the contract hasn't gotten better with age. In just 54 games last season, Mozgov averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds across 20.4 minutes, which kept him off the radar in the majority of Fantasy formats. He was eventually shut down for the final 32 games of the season, as the Lakers wanted to experiment with some younger players after being eliminated from the playoff race. With the Lakers set to go all in during free agency in the summer of 2018, they opted to unload Mozgov's deal to the Nets this offseason, although they also had to give up D'Angelo Russell to do so. Still, that should benefit Mozgov's Fantasy potential and coach Kenny Atkinson has already stated that he'll be starting at center on opening night. Likely headed for a larger workload, Mozgov's rebounding numbers should especially benefit, as the 6-foot-7 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will be starting next to him at power forward. While his scoring numbers should also increase, owners may want to temper expectations on the whole, as players like D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, Jeremy Lin and DeMarre Carroll will also be major factors offensively. It's also worth considering that the Nets aren't expected to compete for a playoff spot, so they could opt to get rookie center Jarrett Allen more reps as the season wears on, just like the Lakers did with Ivica Zubac in 2016-17. Mozgov is certainly going to see an increase in his all-around production with the Nets, though it may not be enough to propel back to Fantasy relevance in most formats.

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  • Mozgov will come off the bench for Tuesday's tilt with the Celtics, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports. The Nets will go with a smaller lineup to start Tuesday's contest against the red-hot Celtics, as Trevor Booker gets the start at center. Mozgov could see a decrease from his 15.7 minutes average this season given the move to the bench and the return of Jarrett Allen, who missed the last six games with a left foot strain.

  • Nets' Timofey Mozgov: Five points in LA return
    By RotoWire Staff

    Mozgov supplied five points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one block across 16 minutes in Friday's 124-112 loss to the Lakers. Mozgov continues to see a modest allotment of playing time, as Friday's game marked his eighth game with less than 20 minutes over his first nine contests. The 31-year-old big man provided his typical production against his old squad, as he's averaging 4.8 points and 5.1 rebounds on the season. Given his abbreviated role, Mozgov's fantasy utility remains strictly limited to very deep formats.

  • Mozgov produced five points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt), eight rebounds and four turnovers across 16 minutes during Thursday's 107-88 victory over the Nets. Mozgov struggled to hang onto the ball Thursday, committing four turnovers in 16 minutes of action. He did hit a three, however, which he was reportedly practicing during training camp. He'll likely begin the season as the team's starting center, though he mainly has value as a rebounder and could get pulled early and often if he continues to struggle.

  • Lakers' Timofey Mozgov: Shipped to Brooklyn
    By RotoWire Staff

    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 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.

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