Mozgov (finger) is available to play in Wednesday's preseason tilt with the Grizzlies, Dante Marchitelli of Fox Sports Florida reports.
Mozgov missed the last two exhibitions with a dislocated finger, but appears ready to rejoin the Magic after a short-term absence. Still, when the Magic are at full strength, Mozgov isn't expected to be more than a deep reserve in the frontcourt and shouldn't be on the radar for fantasy purposes.
Mozgov (finger) has been ruled out for Monday's preseason matchup against the Heat, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Mozgov is simply dealing with dislocated finger on his right hand, so it's likely something he'd be able to play through if it were the regular season. That said, with the Magic currently working through the exhibition slate, there's no reason to have Mozgov take the court. His next shot to play will come Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Mozgov will not play in Friday's preseason game against Flamengo, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
It's likely not a serious injury for Mozgov, as there doesn't appear to be much concern coming from coach Steve Clifford. With the Magic taking on a Brazilian club Friday night, Clifford likely wants to see more from his young players. Don't be surprised to see Mozgov play sparingly in the preseason in order to ensure he is healthy for the start of the regular season.
Mozgov, along with Jerian Grant, will be dealt to the Magic in a three-team trade that includes Bismack Biyombo going to the Hornets and Julyan Stone going to the Bulls, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
With both Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba in Orlando, there was little reason for the Magic to hang onto Biyombo, who is set to earn $34 million over the next two seasons. Though Mozgov's deal isn't much friendlier, earning $32.7 million over two years, the Magic gain Jerian Grant in the deal. With Orlando's point guard rotation decimated following the trade of Elfrid Payton last season, Grant could be in the running for the starting job. For Mozgov, it's unlikely he plays a significant role.
The Nets agreed in principle Wednesday to a trade that will send Mozgov to the Hornets along with two future second-round picks and cash in exchange for Dwight Howard, league sources informed Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The deal won't be finalized until July 6, when the new salary cap calendar begins, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.com.
Howard averaged a double-double and blocked 1.6 shots per game while suiting up in 81 contests for the Hornets last season, so his departure leaves a major void in the low post. While Mozgov plays the same position, it's unlikely he'll factor in the team's rotation after lottery teams in the Nets and Lakers largely phased him out of their plans over the past season and a half. Instead, the deal is mostly about the financials, as the Hornets will shed Howard's one-year, $23.5 million deal in exchange for picking up the two years and $32.7 million remaining on Mozgov's contract. The Nets will apparently cover some portion of the money Mozgov is still owed since they're sending along cash in the trade, but the center's cap hit will count on the Hornets' books. The transaction may signal a full-on rebuild for the Hornets, who are also believed to be shopping franchise player Kemba Walker prior to Thursday's draft.
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 14 || 15 || 16 || 17 |
| 18 || 19 |
| 21 || 22 |
| 23 || 24 || 25 |
| 26 || 27
|Career Shooting Stats|
|More Postseason Stats|