It is pretty clear the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to add a big man to protect the rim and many believe that could be their final step before becoming the league’s best team. They have reportedly targeted Denver Nuggets’ big man Timofey Mozgov and even offered a first round pick for him.
Although all of the speculation surrounds Mozgov, Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com doesn’t see it happening. Instead, he could see the Nuggets and Cavaliers pull off a different deal.
I still haven’t seen someone explain why the Nuggets would do that trade. So until then, no.
If the Cavaliers and Nuggets make a trade, my money is on JaVale McGee for Brendan Haywood’s instant expiring next summer.
McGee would obviously help any Cavaliers’ problems with rebounding and shot-blocking. Plus, the team may think he is worth the risk provided he is healthy because of the structured environment he’d be in with James as a leader.
McGee was limited to just five games last season, averaging 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.7% from the field and 100.0% from the free throw line. In his six professional seasons, he’s put up 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 54.1% from the floor and 58.4% from the charity stripe. Mozgov took McGee’s spot and went for 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He shot 52.3% from the field and 75.4% from the free throw line. In his four-year career, he’s gone for 6.0 points,, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting 51.5% from the floor and 73.9% from the charity stripe.
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