Miami Heat Rumors: Trading for Timofey Mozgov Would Solve a Lot of Team's Issues
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Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida reported that the Heat could be looking at acquiring the 26-year-old big man:
League sources said the Denver Nuggets are looking to deal center Timofey Mozgov, who has been unable to get much playing time on a deep team and has an expiring contract. Mozgov is aware he could be moved by the Feb. 21 trade deadline.“It think it’s logical, you can see that, trading me,’’ Mozgov said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. “I’m in my contract year. So if they can get something for me… I don’t think it would be a surprise for me (to be traded).’’Miami is looking for a big man. It remains to be seen if the Heat could come up with an offer to entice the Nuggets for the 7-foot-1 Mozgov, making $2.79 million.
Despite being first in the Eastern Conference, Miami is a flawed team. It's last in the league in rebounding, only averaging 38.6 boards a game.
The Heat are in desperate need for help down in the post. Chris Bosh has been having a very good season. After him, though, Miami is looking at bringing Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman off the bench.
They won the NBA title last year with largely the same cast, but the Heat were able to rely on Wade, James and Bosh more. They haven't had that luxury this year.
In addition, the Heat are giving up an average of 97.4 points a game, which is almost five points more than last year.
Mozgov is unneeded by the Denver Nuggets. Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee are taking up the majority of time at the center position.
The 7'1" Russian has averaged just 2.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 10 minutes of play during the 2012-13 season.
He's not going to dazzle anybody, but that's not what Erik Spoelstra will be asking of Mozgov. He simply needs to come on and spell Bosh for short periods of time and crash the boards.
His expiring contract would also be very enticing for the Heat. Mozgov would be nothing more than a rent-a-player for the rest of the season, and then a better option could be found during the regular season.
Or, if things work out well enough, the Heat could make an offer for Mozgov when the season's over.
The problem, as Tomasson brought up, is the fact the Heat aren't exactly in a strong bargaining position. Miami doesn't have much to offer Denver outside of a lottery-protected first-round pick from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Then, you have to wonder if the deal would be worth that much for the Heat.
On the other hand, Mozgov could leave Denver at the end of the season, so the Nuggets might just lose him for nothing.
The best-case scenario is that the Nuggets could receive something in compensation aside from that first-round pick, while the Heat get six months of Mozgov, which would bolster their run for a second consecutive title.
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