HoopsHype Timofey Mozgov rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates

While playing defense, Kaman backed into Mozgov in an effort to box him out as a Denver player attempted a shot from the perimeter. But as Kaman pushed Mozgov, the 7-foot-1 center toppled on Kaman's back and chomped down on his head with his teeth. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said, retelling the story. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Oregonian

Kaman instantly cupped his head, felt a gash and blood. He was pulled from the game and taken to the locker room, where he was given three stitches. After the game, he was wearing a big bandage on his balding head, but said he felt "pretty good." "It happened so fast, I was like, 'What the heck?" Kaman said. "I felt his teeth kind of crush me in and I was like, 'Crap, I know I'm going to need some stitches." Oregonian

October 22, 2014 Updates

The Trail Blazers' backup big man suffered a head laceration when Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov inadvertently gnawed on it during the Blazers' 93-75 victory at Coors Events Center. While playing defense, Kaman backed into Mozgov in an effort to box him out as a Denver player attempted a shot from the perimeter. But as Kaman pushed Mozgov, the 7-foot-1 center toppled on Kaman's back and chomped down on his head with his teeth. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said, retelling the story. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Oregonian

October 14, 2014 Updates

During the past calendar year, Mozgov arguably has been the Nuggets' most-coveted trade asset. Teams called last winter and throughout the summer. That's not likely to change, because with a $4.6 million salary, Mozgov is one of the best bangs for the buck in the NBA. Denver Post

September 23, 2014 Updates

They like Timofey Mozgov, but the Nuggets have shown no inclination to deal him. There doesn’t appear to be a trade available for any sort of rim protector right now, so the Cavs may look to bundle the trio of players they received from Utah (John Lucas III, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas) in exchange for a trade exception to be used later. Akron Beacon Journal

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Brian Windhorst: The guy the Cavs are trying to trade for is Tim[ofey] Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets. He played with David [Blatt] with the Russian national team. (...) They have been trying to trade for him for the last six, eight weeks. ESPN Cleveland

August 8, 2014 Updates

Tommy Beer: Woj states that Cavs made a run at Timofey Mozgov (offering a 1st round pick) in hopes adding a big center and rim protection Twitter

April 3, 2014 Updates

Plenty of opposing players have had the misfortune of being dunked on by Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. From Brandon Knight to Timofey Mozgov, there are horror stories all over the league. But what happens when Griffin accidentally dunks on Jordan? They found out on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns when Griffin put back a missed Chris Paul jumper over Jordan’s head. For The Win

January 2, 2014 Updates

Under certain rules, if a player re-signed with his team this past summer while receiving a raise of at least 20 percent — and the team is over the cap — the player cannot be traded until January 15, 2014. Eight players meet that criteria: Tony Allen — Memphis Grizzlies; Chase Budinger — Minnesota Timberwolves; Cartier Martin — Atlanta Hawks; Timofey Mozgov — Denver Nuggets; Nikola Pekovic — Minnesota Timberwolves; J.R. Smith — New York Knicks; Tiago Splitter — San Antonio Spurs; Brandan Wright — Dallas Mavericks. HoopsWorld

December 4, 2013 Updates

But with the injury to JaVale McGee, Hunt's "big grizzly bear" has finally (finally!) received minutes. Entering Wednesday's game at Cleveland, he had averaged 16.5 points and 17.5 rebounds in the past two games, while swatting shots and soaring for alley-oops. "The man of the hour," Hunt said by phone Wednesday. "It's rewarding, and everybody is excited for him because he works so hard. In fact, he wears the coaches out. He's always the last one to leave practice and you've got to wrestle with this big grizzly bear. He works on his game every day and on off days — we have to make him take days off. He's easy to root for because he puts in the work." In Mozgov's time in Denver, the Nuggets have now had two staffs of coaches. Why has Hunt been the one to click with Mozgov? Denver Post

"He's from Russia, I'm from Louisiana — basically, it's the same place," Hunt said with a glorious guffaw. "We're so different, but he's so respectful, and I think the reason why we click so well is because he knows I care about him. ... That's the biggest positive of the connection. He knows there's a genuine care and that when I coach him, I only want him Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, center, struggles to hold onto the ball as he and teammate Kenneth Faried battle the Nets' Andray Blatche for a rebound Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in New York. (Maddie Meyer, Getty Images) to do well. That's really connected us. "I've pushed him, I've said some things he doesn't want to hear, sometimes in the heat of battle, but almost like your son, he knows I care, so he can receive it. There's times when he'll drop a ball, didn't do his assignment or didn't roll, but he knows I care." Denver Post

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Given his experience last season, Mozgov is taking nothing for granted. “I have to be prepared,” he said. “We changed coaches, so it’s a different situation. We’ll see in practice.” Unlike last September, Mozgov will open training camp on a full tank. After helping Russia win the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, Mozgov did not compete for the national team at Eurobasket 2013. “It was a hard decision to not go to the national team,” he said. “I feel like I needed to skip it because I need a good season. It’s an important season for me. I don’t want to be so tired (from the Olympics) like last season. I was not ready. It was hard (not playing this summer), but it’s what I need. It’s good for my body, good for my mind.” NBA.com

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