Cavs' Timofey Mozgov is back with another awesome local TV ad
OCT 9, 10:23a ET | Connor Kiesel
Rotowire: Oct 8 / 2:50p ET
News: Mozgov (rest) is out for Thursday's preseason contest against the 76ers.
Impact: The Cavaliers are sitting out several key players Thursday for the second game of a back-to-back set, with LeBron James and J.R. Smith among the bigger names joining Mozgov on the pine. There's no need to worry about Mozgov's status heading into the regular season.
Rotowire: Oct 8 / 8:40a ET
News: Mozgov (knee) played 21 minutes in the Cavs' preseason opener against the Hawks, scoring 13 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 FT) and reeling in five boards.
Impact: Mozgov isn't feeling any discomfort in his right knee after undergoing a debridement procedure during the offseason, positioning him to fill the starting center role for the Cavaliers when the regular season opens. The big man was a key contributor to the Cavs' run to the NBA Finals last spring, averaging 26.5 minutes per game during the playoffs, but the returns of Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love from injury could result in a small decline in Mozgov's playing time in 2015-16.
Rotowire: Sep 28 / 11:23a ET
News: Mozgov (knee) said Monday that he'll be ready for the Cavs' season opener Oct. 27 against the Bulls, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Mozgov had his knee cleaned up back in July, but he said he's nearing full strength and doesn't expect to be limited when the regular season begins. The 29-year-old excelled with the Cavs after a midseason trade from Denver, averaging 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting a career-best 59 percent from the floor, up from 50.4 percent in 35 games with the Nuggets. With Anderson Varejao (Achilles) expected back in the fold, Mozgov could see a bit more competition for minutes, but the unresolved Tristan Thompson contract situation is ultimately of greater consequence. If the two sides are unable to reach an agreement, a holdout could be in Thompson's future, which would obviously clear the way for a larger role for Mozgov.