The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly agreed to trade two first-round draft picks for Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov.
Here are protections on Memphis pick: 1-5 and 15-30 in 2015, 1-5 and 15-30 in '16, 1-5 in '17 and 1-5 in 2018; unprotected in 2019— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 7, 2015
Protections on Cleveland first-round to Denver via OKC: 1-18 in 2015, 1-15 in '16; 1-15 in 2017. After '17, it becomes two seconds.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 7, 2015
The Cavs have been linked to Mozgov for months, but the Nuggets had been previously unwilling to part with the Russian center. In Cleveland, Mozgov will be reunited with head coach David Blatt, for whom he played on the Russian national team. Last month, Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao suffered a season-ending Achilles injury.
A four-year NBA veteran, Mozgov is averaging 8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in a career-high 25.6 minutes per game.
The Cavs are 19-16 and in fifth in the Eastern Conference after losing two straight games. Cleveland will host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday before traveling to the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
- Mike Fiammetta