Cleveland Cavaliers considering trade of Timofey Mozgov

By Alex Butler   |   Jan. 16, 2016 at 6:45 PM
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CLEVELAND, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- One the Cleveland Cavaliers' best NBA Finals performers could soon be wearing a different jersey.

The Cavaliers have "started to make calls on the market" for center Timofey Mozgov, according to Yahoo Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

This season, Mozgov is averaging 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.

In Game 4 of Cleveland's Finals loss last season to the Golden State Warriors, Mozgov netted 28 points and had 10 rebounds.

"Phoenix has worked on multi-team trades that would unload Markieff Morris, including the Cavaliers as a facilitator in a deal, league sources said," Wojnarowski wrote. "Nevertheless, the Cavs have started to make calls on the market for Timofey Mozgov, who could appeal to Western Conference contenders."

A source told ESPN's Dave McMenamin last week that the Cavaliers "aren't inclined to trade Mozgov."

"They already traded away two first-round picks to acquire him last season, and they don't feel as if there is a center available with Mozgov's size and potential," McMenamin wrote.

The Cavaliers traded two protected 2015 first-round picks (from Oklahoma City and Memphis) to the Denver Nuggets last year for Mozgov.

Mozgov, 29, averaged 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds for Cleveland last season and 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in the playoffs.

The 7-foot, one-inch Russian is a free agent next season and is due $4,950,000 this season.

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