Timofey Mozgov started his first game for the Cavs since falling out of the starting lineup after they lost to the Portland Trailblazers the day after Christmas. Cleveland won nine of the 10 games since then, with the only loss coming at San Antonio.
There’s no denying the fact that Mozgov has had a downward-spiraling season after a stellar 2014-15 season that saw him require offseason surgery that same summer. After reports that teams were calling about Mozgov’s availability, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports now reports that the Cavs are fielding calls around the league regarding Timofey Mozgov.
Around the West, there hasn’t been so much instability in years. Sacramento and New Orleans have discussed a Rudy Gay trade, but the Kings are unwilling on a deal that would center on Eric Gordon and Alonzo Gee, league sources said. Phoenix has worked on multi-team trades that would unload Markieff Morris, including the Cavaliers as a facilitator in a deal, league sources said. Nevertheless, the Cavs have started to make calls on the market for Timofey Mozgov, who could appeal to Western Conference contenders.
For the Cavs, they’re probably just doing their due diligence with the February trade deadline coming up, but there likely isn’t a very big market for Mozgov. Aside from that, not everyone plays consistently great in the small ball attack as the Golden State Warriors. Outside of the defending champions, he has proven to be a very effective rotation player against teams fielding traditional lineups. Potential postseason opponents such as Atlanta, Chicago, and other eastern powers boast of deep frontcourt rotations. Mozgov will be very useful against these teams.
Mozgov provided a solid boost off the bench against the Mavericks, and will continue to do so against the lineups that don’t play small ball too well, especially in the playoffs.