Los Angeles Lakers Had No Choice with Timofey Mozgov’s Massive Contract

July 1st, 2016 by Michael Pina Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Lakers cannon-balled into free agency late Thursday night by inking one of the most disconcerting contracts in recent NBA history. 

In desperate need of a traditional big man in their starting lineup, Los Angeles quickly locked Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov into a four-year, $64 million contract, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

The Lakers, projected to have close to $56 million in cap space, focused on their need at center to complement power forward Julius Randle, point guard D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft. Mozgov has a reputation as a hardworking, energetic player, and he would seem to be a good fit with such a young core.

With his 30th birthday two weeks away, and the Lakers in clear need of a reliable interior presence, Mozgov has the opportunity to fill a void, play big minutes and prove last year’s struggles were a fluke. 

But that doesn't mean serious questions aren't in order, or that Los Angeles can go to sleep knowing exactly what it paid for.

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