HoopsHype Timofey Mozgov rumors

March 16, 2013 Updates

Former Knicks center Timofey Mozgov played nine garbage-time minutes in Denver on Wednesday. The young 7-foot-1 Russian has been out of the Nuggets’ rotation and becomes a restricted free agent July 1. The Knicks have interest and inquired about Mozgov at the trade deadline. But they have little flexibility with their $3.1 million mini mid-level and are unable to make a sign-and-trade under the new rules. “We got the option to choose a team where I can play,’’ Mozgov told The Post. “I can’t say [Nuggets coach] George [Karl] is bad. Of course it’s not a good feeling when you don’t play, but I’m still part of the team. New York is a good city, no question, but there are 30 teams.’’ New York Post

February 25, 2013 Updates

If Denver doesn’t provide this opportunity until the end of the season, will you stay in the NBA or move to Europe as a free agent in summer? Timofey Mozgov: You can’t rule out anything. But right now my priority is the NBA. According to my agent, there are two or three clubs in this league that are willing to sign me during offseason. We will consider everything and make a decision. Rush'n Hoops

It was reported that Miami and Minnesota have contacted the Nuggets about you. Did it really happen? Timofey Mozgov: Yes, my agent told me about it. And I would go to Miami or Minneapolis gladly. On one condition only – that they would let me play. That the Heat are the main title contender this season didn’t matter to me at all. I am not going to sit on the bench even for a champion’s ring. To me, playing time is more important right now than any team results. Rush'n Hoops

February 21, 2013 Updates
February 20, 2013 Updates

Kahn's top priority at this point is to add a two-guard/small forward with size. But there is truth to his interest in Denver center Timofey Mozgov, a restricted free agent this coming summer who played with Kirilenko and Wolves guard Alexey Shved on the Russian Olympic team. "They like Mozgov," a league source said. "They think he is a better value than Pek (Nikola Pekovic). They would let Pek go in free agency (this summer). They still may pursue Mozgov in free agency." 1500 ESPN

With Rasheed Wallace’s and Marcus Camby’s health a nagging concern despite their returns to practice yesterday, the Knicks are one of a handful of teams to inquire about Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov this month, according to a league source. The trading deadline is tomorrow. New York Post

February 19, 2013 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves were turned down on an offer of Brandon Roy and a first-round pick to Denver for center Timofey Mozgov, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Denver is combing the market further for offers on Mozgov. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, and the emergence of Kosta Koufos could make it hard for Denver to match an offer sheet for Mozgov. Yahoo! Sports

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

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