HoopsHype Timofey Mozgov rumors

February 9, 2013 Updates

Is the following mere posturing or the real-deal stance in Denver? Only time will tell, but one source plugged into the Nuggets' plans insisted this week that Russian center Timofey Mozgov -- widely presumed to be a lock to be dealt before the deadline -- will not be moved unless the return is "crazy good." ESPN.com

February 4, 2013 Updates

The best scenario might be the popular rumor of trading Richard Hamilton to Denver for 7-foot-1 Russian Timofey Movgoz. But it's tough to tell whether this has a chance of actually happening. Bulls fans haven't seen much of Movgoz, who averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds a year ago. Maybe he could turn out to be a low-cost, long-range backup center. But one reason the Nuggets are shopping him is his impending restricted free agency. There's no telling what it might cost to keep him. Arlington Heights Daily Herald

February 3, 2013 Updates

Mozgov is among the most inquired-about Nuggets in calls to the team as the NBA's Feb. 21 trade deadline approaches. Mozgov is in the final year of his contract and will be a restricted free agent at season's end. "It's great," Nuggets coach George Karl said of Mozgov's work ethic. "I know he can play in this league. I know he's a 20-minute player. I just don't have 20 minutes to give him. I feel bad for him. But in my opinion, the way we're rotating the team, it's been successful. " Denver Post

January 31, 2013 Updates
January 25, 2013 Updates

Second, Mozgov has an expiring contract, and that is gold in the NBA. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, which is even better for a team that covets him because that team would have the option to match any offer sheet extended to him. Mozgov sits and watches all of this, expressing a desire to stick around. But he prioritizes playing time over staying in Denver. "I want to play," he said Thursday. "I want to stay," he said. "But more than I want to stay, I want to play." Denver Post

The Miami Heat is among several teams believed to be interested in Mozgov. "People ask me, but I don't know what to say to people because I don't know what is going on," Mozgov said. "You've got to understand, the (trade) deadline is coming soon. So people are going to be talking more and more. I don't really know what's going on. I just want to play." Denver Post

January 14, 2013 Updates
December 10, 2012 Updates

Timofey Mozgov has updated his blog at Sports.ru. Here’s my quick translation of the entire post: Hi everyone! It’s nice after all the hard work in practice to eventually return on the court. First in the game against the Lakers and then Atlanta too. A lot of people make jokes already that LA are my “clients”. I guess there’s some small amount of truth to it: I really play against them often and a lot. And coaching staff backs it up too. I knew it beforehand that I would step on the court. The “headquarters” informed me about it in the morning. Even though they made a remark that normally they don’t like to let players know in advance. But we were about to face such a strong frontcourt that we had to throw all forces to fight it. They told me to get ready. Rush'n Hoops

I got my second real chance this season – not garbage time, but a good number of minutes – during the game against Atlanta. Once again, I knew it beforehand that I would play. Kosta felt some stomach pains in the morning and wasn’t even listed for the game. As you can guess, having tasted blood again versus LA, my desire to play exceeded even my normal desire that is always strong. So the “hungry and mad” Mozgov was very active under the rims. With all that, I can’t say I had dramatically changed the way I play and so those 13 rebounds came right away. I was just doing my job, and a good deal of what I tried ended well. Rush'n Hoops

By the way, about the other “games”. We still go out to eat together with the guys. So, here’s a fun thing that we do. When it’s time to pay on receipt, we take all our credit cards and give it to the waitress. She hides it behind the back and we start to pick the “lucky ones”. The last credit card that’s left is used for payment. Guys are already looking at me sideways – I’m always out during the “qualifying” rounds for probably a year already. I have to counter it, “When I lose, it’s going to be no problem”. And the most frequent client turns out to be Danilo:)) Rush'n Hoops

August 12, 2012 Updates
August 10, 2012 Updates

The Andre Iguodala trade by the Nuggets assures they will have a medalist in a fifth straight Olympics. Either USA's Iguodala or Russia's Timofey Mozgov have to medal. Denver's medalists since 1996 are Sarunas Marciulionis (1996 bronze, Lithuania), Antonio McDyess (2000 gold, USA) and Carmelo Anthony (2004 bronze, 2008 gold, USA). Sulia

August 7, 2012 Updates

Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is attending the games in London and spent a full day with Mozgov. The visit included a trip to the house where the Russian team is staying. “Timo has been great,” Ujiri said. “He’s looking very good. You can see his confidence playing against the best players in the world.” NBA.com

June 30, 2012 Updates
June 1, 2012 Updates
May 29, 2012 Updates

Lamar Odom’s $8.2 million contract is guaranteed at just $2.4 million. If he can be included in a trade that still maintains Dallas’ cap room, then so be it. Otherwise, expect Odom to be cut loose. Additionally, Vince Carter’s next two seasons ($3.1 and $3.2 million) aren’t fully guaranteed. Brandon Wright’s $993k isn’t locked in either. The Denver Nuggets haven’t always gotten consistent play from Timofey Mozgov but at $3.1 million ($1.4 million guaranteed), he’s still at a discounted price for a big man. Additionally, second-year point guard Julyan Stone isn’t guaranteed. HoopsWorld

April 12, 2012 Updates

Hey Paul, it's definitely been a sad turn-of-events for The Birdman, Chris Andersen, who has seemed down-in-the-dumps since being pushed down the bench. I've always enjoyed being around Bird. He's a guy -- on and off the court -- who thrives off energy and personality. But reality has settled in with the Nuggets. They now have four younger big men who have provided more consistent energy at practices and games -- Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee, Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov. Even Mozzy himself hasn't played much lately -- he seemed to be affected by the McGee acquisition and hasn't had the same tenacity we saw earlier this season. Denver Post

February 19, 2012 Updates

February 2011. They were so close. It was all-star weekend and the Melo trade was close to being finalized. Except it wasn't. Ujiri was holding it up. Coach George Karl called Masai's cellphone and barked: "WHO THE (EXPLETIVE) IS MOZGOV?" Ujiri became the GM on Aug. 27, 2010. On that day, he began his plan to trade one of the best talents in Nuggets history. Anthony wanted out, so for the next six months, every single day, Ujiri, Kroenke and D'Alessandro methodically made plans, backup plans and backup plans for backup plans. They negotiated on multiple fronts. All along, the coach was losing his mind. And now, with the trade deadline looming, New York was offering three prized young players — Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Wilson Chandler. But Ujiri wanted more. Denver Post

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