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Free-agent center Timofey Mozgov has agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, Andy Miller, Mozgov’s agent, told The Vertical.
The 7-foot-1 Russian averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 17.4 minutes in 76 regular-season games for the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers this past season, but averaged just 5.8 minutes in the playoffs.
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 this year’s NBA draft.
Mozgov has a reputation as a hardworking, energetic player and would seem to be a good fit with such a young core.
Mozgov, 29, was traded by the Denver Nuggets to Cleveland in 2015, playing 46 games for the Cavs that season and averaging 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds.
He was traded to the Nuggets from the New York Knicks in 2011 as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal. He received a three-year extension from Denver in 2013.
Mozgov can officially sign when the NBA’s free-agency moratorium ends on July 7.