HoopsHype Timofey Mozgov rumors


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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The Denver Nuggets have re-signed center Timofey Mozgov to a multiyear contract, general manager and executive vice president of basketball operation Tim Connelly announced today. NBA.com

July 26, 2013 Updates

The Denver Nuggets have reached agreement on a three-year, $14 million contract extension with restricted free-agent center Timofey Mozgov, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The deal will include a team option in the third year, a source said. An opportunity for Mozgov to play a significantly increased role with Denver opened because of a draft night deal that sent center Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzlies. Mozgov will play behind starting center JaVale McGee under new coach Brian Shaw. Yahoo! Sports

Several sign-and-trade scenarios were discussed over recent weeks, but Mozgov and the Nuggets were committed to re-partnering after getting closer on the terms of the deal in the past week, sources said. Mozgov, 27, averaged 5.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 15.6 minutes per game for Denver in 2011-12, but his role decreased this past season under former Nuggets coach George Karl. Yahoo! Sports

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Mozgov, a 7'1" center from St. Petersburg, told Izvestia that he'd like to see more Russians play together in the NBA, noting that Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved joined forces in Minnesota last season. But he said, in answer to a question, just being Russian isn't a good enough qualification. "I do not think that this can be a major factor," said Mozgov. " The factors should, in principle, be many. And all of them should be for the good for the team. So, first you need to carefully examine the composition of Brooklyn. If there is a place for me, then anything can happen." NetsDaily

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