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Lakers begin free agency by agreeing to four-year deal with Timofey Mozgov

Lakers begin free agency by agreeing to four-year deal with Timofey Mozgov

The Lakers’ continual search for a big man led them to a backup center for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Still trying to find someone to replace Pau Gasol, the Lakers agreed to terms Thursday with Timofey Mozgov on a four-year, $64-million deal.

The Lakers moved quickly, reaching agreement with Mozgov within 45 minutes of the start of the free-agent period. He made $4.95 million last season.

The Lakers think they can get some quality minutes — and perhaps play too — out of Mozgov, who displayed a handful of memorable moments in a six-year NBA career but averaged only five minutes per game in the NBA Finals for the champion Cavaliers. He turns 30 in two...

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