HoopsHype Timofey Mozgov rumors


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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 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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