It is no secret that the Miami Heat has faced major rebounding woes this season. At 39.1 rebounds per game, the reigning NBA champions rank 29th in the league in rebounding. According to a FOX Suns Sports report, the best rebounding team in the league, the Denver Nuggets, might be willing to lend the Heat a helping hand.
The Nuggets’ Russian center Timofey Mozgov has been almost completely out of the team’s rotation, as JaVale McGee, Kosta Koufos and Kenneth Faried have filled the major roles up front for Denver.
Miami’s LeBron James recently acknowledged that the recent struggles on the boards have bothered him, but that the team has every intention to fix the problem internally, by making a conscious effort of working harder for rebounds.
Still, if the Heat would manage to land a 7′ 1″ center without giving up too much, it would almost certainly help the team’s cause.
After being forced into a reduced role, Mozgov himself certainly wouldn’t mind a change of scenery. According the the report, Mozgov is flirting with the notion of being traded:
“It think it’s logical, you can see that, trading me,’’ Mozgov said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. “I’m in my contract year. So if they can get something for me… I don’t think it would be a surprise for me (to be traded).’’
“I heard Miami is trying to find a big guy,’’ Mozgov said when asked about the Heat, who have had rebounding problems all season. “We’ll see. I don’t know (what might happen).’’
Miami could definitely use a guy of Mozgov’s size in the rotation, but don’t have expendable pieces which would entice Denver into doing business. Sending Rashard Lewis and James Jones in return for Mozgov would work, but it is questionable whether the Nuggets would be interested in the two players.
Multi-team trades are always a possibility. The closer we get to the trade deadline, the number of players being made available for trades around the league will constantly be on the rise, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Heat would look to make a deal for a player like Mozgov.
Another player that has been rumored to be working out with the Heat is Chris Anderson, also a former Nugget.
Mozgov is averaging 2.7 points and 3 rebounds in 10 minutes of action this season. He has only appeared on the court in 22 games.
Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to track the latest trade rumors.
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