HoopsHype Kosta Koufos rumors
Kosta Koufos, a backup 7-footer, also accepted a contract extension — three years, $9 million, with the third year a team option. Koufos, 22, is now averaging only 11.3 minutes after Wednesdaynight's 122-93 win at Sacramento. But he has played a big role in some games, including a victory at New Orleans in which his energy and blocked shots led to a fourth-quarter surge. Gallinari's and Koufos' contract extensions signify Denver's desire to build around a young nucleus. Last month, the Nuggets locked up starters Nene (five years, up to $67 million) and Arron Afflalo (five years, up to $43 million). Denver Post
Sam Amick: Denver big man Kosta Koufos has agreed to a three-year, $9 million extension, a source tells http://SI.com. Third year team option. Twitter
When asked if Sebastian Telfair and Kosta Koufos will be part of this team, he said they are -- "For now," he said -- and he said Telfair has looked good in workouts and said he expects Koufos to adapt easily from Jerry Sloan's ways to his offense. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Already, though, there is word in Minnesota that the T-wolves are shopping Koufos. One prominent rumor in the league has Cleveland interested in Ramon Sessions and Koufos. A league source confirmed the Cavaliers have an interest in Koufos. None of that is Koufos’ concern right now. “I’m a professional now, and I take it as trades are part of the business,” Koufos said. “I worked hard this summer, and I made a lot of progress. It was a good experience.” Canton Repository
It seems like it might just be a matter of time before the Cavs and the Minnesota Timberwolves make some sort of trade. What type of trade is still under discussion. Over the past several weeks the Cavs have talked to the Wolves about since-traded Al Jefferson and point guard Jonny Flynn, who Minnesota does not want to trade. Two Wolves currently on the block, though, interest the Cavs. One is guard Ramon Sessions, made available when Minnesota signed Luke Ridnour last week. The other is young center and Canton native Kosta Koufos. The 7-footer who played at Ohio State was sent to Minnesota from Utah in the trade for Jefferson and the Wolves want to move him now. The Cavs are in the market for at least one developmental big man now that it seems clear Sasha Kaun will remain in Russia for another year. Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has acquired center/forward Al Jefferson from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for center Kosta Koufos, the Memphis Grizzlies’ protected 2011 first-round pick (obtained by the Jazz in a previous trade) and an additional future protected first-round pick. “We are happy to acquire a young power player who has developed into one of the best low post scorers in the league,” said O’Connor. “We gave up significant assets to obtain Al and we look forward to watching him progress with our team.” NBA.com
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