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.
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.
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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