Timofey Mozgov RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:270 lbs. / 122.5 kg.
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:270 lbs. / 122.5 kg.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised the option to extend the term of Timofey Mozgov’s contract to include the 2015-16 Season, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Eric Pincus: The Cleveland Cavaliers have opted to keep Timofey Mozgov for the final year of his contract @BBallInsiders – was an easy decision
Mozgov played only nine minutes in Cleveland’s 104-91 loss, which put the Cavs in a 3-2 series deficit to the Golden State Warriors. “It’s no disrespect to anyone, certainly not to Timo, who has done a great job for us,” said Blatt, asked repeatedly after the game about his reasoning on Mozgov’s minutes. “That’s just the way that we played it tonight, and Timo will be back and he will not lose his way or lose his head just because he didn’t play a lot tonight.”
Coach David Blatt had an explanation too. “(We have) players that overachieved in what people expected from them and have gone beyond places that a lot of people thought they would come to in their careers,” said the coach said, speaking specifically of Timofey Mozgov and Dellavedova. “What they’re doing and what they are giving us doesn’t surprise me. Character always wins out.”
Dave McMenamin: According to @Joe Vardon, Timo’s bloody nose came as a result of Tristan Thompson dunking on him. All I saw was the bloody aftermath
Dave McMenamin: Timofey Mozgov just got a bloody nose going through his pregame workout. Timo goes hard. Always.
The opportunity arrived when Pat Potopsky, owner of the Brew Garden, watched a Cavaliers game with a few of his employees. He thought it would be great to feature Mozgov as the enforcer from Russia in commercials, and he wrote the scripts envisioning that they would be quirky enough to gain a little attention. The results were better than he could have ever imagined: Potopsky’s Mozgov spots have arguably gained more attention than if he had landed LeBron. “I never thought that it would go that viral — it was on just about every major sports station across the country,” Potopsky said. “We were in GQ, [the] Washington Post. Jim Rome. Every ESPN channel had it on. That was obviously an added bonus and a lot of fun.” In one spot, Mozgov slaps a plate of food off the table while wearing his jersey backward. “Get this weak stuff out of here!” he exclaims. The ad took several takes to get right. By the end of it, the floor looked as though a junior high cafeteria food fight had just taken place. “It did not make sense to clean it one time [when] I gotta do it another time,” Mozgov said. “There was food all over the place.”
“He’s been welcome from day one,” James said. “He fit right in. His demeanor, his approach to the game, his work ethic. He works every day. He continues to get better. We’re grateful to have him. “He’s one of the best end-to-end bigs we have in our game as far as the pace and speed that he plays. He has the ability to switch out on guards and contest shots. That’s very important for our team.”
Mozgoved — being made the guy below the guy in a poster — became a verb. “[When] other people got dunked on, you’d say, ‘Oh you got Mozgoved,’” said Foye, who later became teammates with Mozgov in Denver. But Foye never discussed the dunk with him. “You would never want to insult anybody in that way,” he said. Still, Mozgov has learned how to talk about his moment of infamy. “The three-second rule, we don’t have it in Europe,” Mozgov explained. “It was my rookie year. I’m still learning how to use my 2.9 [seconds]. I always try to protect the rim.
Mozgov recalled finding out about the trade during a moment of calm. “The business is different and nobody trade you like that [in Russia],” he said, comparing NBA trades to those overseas. “They talk to you. It goes on for months. They ask the player, ‘Do you want to be traded?’ They ask the agent. Here, it was so quick. I was sitting, watching the All-Star Game with my wife, eating some chicken wings. I just remember I was happy and they called me and said, ‘You got traded.’ I see my wife. She looks at me and feels like something’s wrong. I say, ‘We got traded to Denver.’ I gotta, like, fly tomorrow. She said, ‘For real?’”
But Cavs center Timofey Mozgov is not even impressed with Joakim Noah as a rebounder. Asked if he’s one of the tougher players he deals with on the glass, Mozgov replied: “No.” Is he top-10? “No.”
“First of all, you have to understand it’s going to be physical,” Mozgov said. “Chicago is a physical team, and it’s the second round of the playoffs. I think it’s going to be real physical.
The Cavaliers’ Timofey Mozgov is looking for a new ride to drive around Cleveland during the playoffs, and I took him out to test-drive cars at Cleveland Motorsports. From Rolls-Royce to Porsche to Maserati to Chevy Camaro, Mozgov knows his cars and loves to drive them like a bat out of hell.
Dave McMenamin: The Cavs have been the best team at alley-oops in the league since acquiring Timofey Mozgov (via @ESPNStatsInfo) http://t.co/NGMggVSfpR
Kaun added that Timofey Mozgov’s presence at Cavs is not an additional motivation, but a bonus – “it would be fun to play alongside my countryman”.
And who knows, maybe he can lead Russia to possible glory at Eurobasket, and at the same time book a ticket to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics, where they have a chance to better the bronze medal that they captured in London in 2012. Hosts and reigning European champions France stand in their way though, along with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Israel, Poland and Finland. The group is strong but the Cleveland Cavalier is confident in his own national side’s ability. “The group is very interesting,” Mozgov said. “France is going to play at home and will have a lot of fans supporting them. The other teams are also very competitive but we have also a solid team. The tournament is going to be very nice and a lot of different teams can fight for the title.”
Power forward Joffrey Lauvergne is expected to be signed and with the Nuggets at some point next week, according to an NBA source. The Nuggets are attempting to get the Frenchman inked to a multiyear deal. The open roster spot, courtesy of the Timofey Mozgov trade, has made getting Lauvergne on the roster easier because there are no other moves needed in order to get him eligible to play.
Timofey Mozgov is a boss. After he matched his season high with five blocks, Mozgov sat in the middle of the Cavs locker room eating a pizza. Not a piece of pizza. An ENTIRE pizza. The box was on his lap and it was half-gone when I stopped watching. Unfortunately, no still photography is allowed in NBA locker rooms, so there is no footage. But all of the writers standing around watching were impressed.
Love didn’t totally agree with James’ assessment. “Maybe one look, but it was more so on a swing-swing to [Matthew Dellavedova],” Love said. “I think a guy was closing out on me and I hit Delly and Delly didn’t end up shooting it. But, no, I think I had some good looks in the first quarter — a couple tip-ins that I missed; [Timofey Mozgov] and I both went for the lob, I thought I had my hand on it, and missed that one. But, you know, getting good looks there. Not for lack of confidence, no.”
Mozgov has a $4.9 million team option for the 2015-16 season. So the center can’t be a free agent until the summer of 2016. You can be sure the Cavs will pick up that option.
General Manager David Griffin was trying to trade for Timofey Mozgov long before he hired David Blatt as coach. His quest for the 7-foot-1 Russian began within weeks of Griffin replacing Chris Grant as general manager on Feb. 6, 2014. But Denver was not interested. That changed three weeks ago when Griffin turned Dion Waiters and a future Memphis first-round pick into J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Mozgov — it took two trades in three days.