Lakers Rumors: LA Could Get Rid of Timofey Mozgov By Sending Him to Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez, First-Round Pick
The Los Angeles Lakers will miss the playoffs for the third straight season but things are looking promising for the storied franchise. However, they will need to get rid of unwanted contracts like the one owed to center Timofey Mozgov.
The Lakers signed Mozgov to a four-year, $67 million deal this summer and it met a lot of criticism from the fans. It was a terrible deal since the 30-year-old has not averaged more than ten points per game during his six-year NBA career.
Mozgov has played limited minutes since the start of the new year and he is very unhappy about his role. In an interview with Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times last month, he noted that he was caught off guard by his new role moving forward.
"I don't know yet. I don't know yet. We just tried to do something better for the team. It's hard to tell you right now what's really going on in my mind. It's a lot of thoughts and everything," Mozgov said.
According to Christian Rivas of FanSided, the Lakers will have a hard time trading Timofey Mozgov because of his huge contract. However, he suggested one possible deal for the Lakers that might make them a playoff contender next season.
Rivas believes that the Lakers can acquire Brook Lopez from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Mozgov and a 2017 first-round pick. He pointed out that the Nets are desperate for a first-round pick since they do not own once until 2019.
The Nets were reportedly looking for two first-round picks for Lopez but they did not get what they want. The former All-Star is one of the best offensive centers in the game but his contract and injury history scares away interested teams.
However, the Nets do not have any choice but to let go of Lopez this summer because they can lose him for nothing after the 2017-18 season. They better trade him for at least a draft pick and a solid center to continue their slow and painful rebuild.
As for the Lakers, they get an All-Star center surrounded by good young players. They can also re-sign Lopez if he plays great for one season since they have the money. Nevertheless, fans should tune in this summer as the Nets and Lakers are going to be active in improving their roster.
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