Last year, Timofey Mozgov was the big in-season acquisition for the Cleveland Cavaliers. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert helped the Cavs reach the Finals, sure, but Mozgov's ability as a rim protector helped drastically improve the Cavs' defense over the second half of the season.
This year, however, Mozgov has struggled and hasn't been the same player he was last season, As a result, Mozgov was moved to the bench and Tristan Thompson now starts at center. Now, according to Yahoo's Marc Spears, teams have called the Cavs to see how available Mozgov is in a trade. According to Spears, however, the Cavs have shown 'no interest' in dealing Mozgov.
At first thought, it makes sense that the Cavs aren't interested in dealing Mozgov. Even if he's struggling this year - his field goal percentage is down, as are his blocks - he's had his moments still. Additionally, trading Mozgov would mean thinning the Cavs' frontcourt would be a bit thin. After Mozgov, Anderson Varejao and Sasha Kaun are the Cavs' only centers and neither are better than Mozgov even if he's struggling.
Mozgov, though, is a free agent at the end of the season and although the Cavs own his Bird Rights, he figures to command a salary that pushes the Cavs already high payroll up to another echelon. Additionally, Mozgov's ability as a rim protector is a premium skill that's hard to replace and he can still fill a role on the Cavs even if he's not at his best. The best play may be to keep Mozgov around, hope he improves and make a decision on his future in Cleveland later.