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Shortly after trading for Iman Shumpert and J.R.Smith and a protected first-round pick. The Cavaliers made another trade to the Denver Nuggets. This time for center, Timothy Mozgov. The details of the trade are below.
“ In pursuit of a center to stabilize their roster, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov for two future first-round picks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Cavaliers will send the Nuggets two picks they control via the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder, a league source told Yahoo. The Nuggets will give the Cavs a 2015 second-round pick. Mozgov is the only player in the trade.
The Memphis first-round pick is largely unprotected in 2017 (top five), and could become a late lottery pick in 2016 if the Grizzlies dramatically fall off.
The protections on the pick from Memphis: Nos. 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. The protections on the OKC pick: Nos. 1-18 in 2015; 1-15 in '16; 1-15 in 2017. After 2017, it becomes two seconds.” Via Adrian-Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports
Cleveland did give up two first-round picks, but both are protected picks. This is just another example of the Cavs addressing a need of their team. From the start of the season it was evident the Cavs needed a rim protector/presence in the paint and with Anderson Varejeo going down for the season. It became a bigger need. So the Cavs used yesterday’s pick and a previous acquired pick to complete a trade for a traditional center in Mozgov. He fits that role and has potential to improve his game . Over the last few season Mozgov has improved and showed flashes of being a force in the paint, posting stat lines of 29 and 22. He even had some solid stretches of games, but never put it together for a whole season. Regardless, Mozgov has something the Cavs need and that is size. The Russian center brings a 250lb and 7’1 ft frame to a small Cavs’ frontcourt.
The Cavs have realized the flaws of their team and have tried to make moves to solve them. It is evident they are willing to put all the chips in for a championship. The question is will these new players work out.
-By Nicholas DIesing-Fay