Desperate for a rim-protecting big man, Cleveland acquired center
The Cavaliers announced their second major trade in three days during the first half of their game against the
Mozgov averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 35 games this season for the Nuggets. The Cavaliers feel he can fill the large hole they had in the middle after starting center
Cleveland General Manager David Griffin had targeted Mozgov for months and was finally able to land him — at a steep price.
"His numbers don't have to be flashy," Griffin said at halftime. "We've got three players who are flashy. We need guys to do the dirt work."
Mozgov played for Cavaliers Coach David Blatt on the Russian national team, and their relationship should make the five-year veteran's transition a little easier.