Just a few days after David Griffin told media that the Cavs have been aggressive but had to wait on the timelines of other teams in terms of a developing trade market, the Cavs appear to be on the verge of completing a second deal. According to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Cavaliers are in advanced talks to acquire Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets:
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in advanced discussions with the Denver Nuggets to acquire longtime trade target Timofey Mozgov, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Cavaliers, who have been pursuing Mozgov for months to fill their huge need for a basket protector, are poised to send two future first-round picks to the Nuggets for Mozgov, after Denver rejected months of trade proposals for the Russian center.
Two first round picks for Timofey Mozgov, on its face, is a lot. He's a fringe starter at the center position that offers some rim protection. He's 28 years old and has a team option for just shy of $5 million next season, which makes him attractive. The Cavs have no bigs that they can play outside of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, so the deal makes a bit of sense.
Many fans might assume that Mozgov would slide into the starting five, but I'm not sure if that's the case. Aside from whether or not he's better than Thompson, I'm not sure there's enough mobility in the Cavs frontcourt with Mozgov and Love. At this point, I'm far from an expert on Mozgov, though.
Mozgov has experience with Cavs coach David Blatt, whom he played for on the Russian national team. We will keep you updated as the day goes on. It sounds like this is moving quickly.
UPDATE: Before I've even posted. It's agreed to.
Cleveland has agreed to a deal in principle to acquire Denver center Timofey Mogzgov for two first-round picks, league source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 7, 2015