The Los Angeles Lakers may not have a chance to even talk to Kevin Durant as the free agency has already started, but they have reached a verbal agreement on a four-year deal worth $64 million to Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng on a four-year $72 million.
Mozgov’s agent Andy Miller told The Vertical that the Lakers and Mozgov has agreed for that term. The Lakers have started to be aggressive in the free agency market this time as they try to build a playoff team. With projected cap space of around $56 million, the Lakers concentrated of filling up the center position which they lacked in the previous seasons. Questions linger as to why Mozgov was the choice if centers like Hassan Whiteside, Joakim Noah and even Dwight Howard are still available.
Mozgov averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 17.4 minutes during the 2015-2016 season. Mozgov showed his best in the 2015 NBA Finals when he was second to LeBron James in points. Mozgov will help power forward Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram to build a dynamic roster.
Surely, the Lakers are still hoping to land a reliable free agent that would form a powerful team for newly-hired coach Luke Walton to work with.
Do you think the Lakers made the right decision?