Cavs deal 2 picks for Mozgov

Published 2:08 am Thursday, January 8, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have filled their biggest need, acquiring center Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets for two future first-round draft picks.

The Cavs announced their second major trade in three days during the first half of Wednesday night’s game against Houston. Cleveland sent two protected 2015 first-round picks — one acquired in 2013 from Memphis, the other from Oklahoma City this week — to Denver for the 7-foot-1 Mozgov and a 2015 second-round pick.

Mozgov averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds this season for the Nuggets.

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The Cavs targeted Mozgov for months. He played for Cavs coach David Blatt on the Russian national team.

On Monday, the Cavs dealt Waiters to the Thunder and acquired guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks.