Sources tell Eurohoops that Russian star Timofey Mozgov has reached a verbal commitment for a multi-year mega deal with Khimki Moscow and is ready for his third stint with the club.
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Khimki Moscow Region is in negotiations to sign Timofey Mozgov, as Artem Komarov reported and Eurohoops confirms. The 32-year-old Russian center didn’t play any games this past season with the Orlando Magic – who waived him -due to a knee injury. His last playing stretch was the 31 games with the Nets in the 2017-18 season when he averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds on a bit over 11 minutes of playtime.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte is finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov, league sources tell ESPN. Nets will save $17M on deal in 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots.
Timofey Mozgov officially became a member of the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, but the Cleveland Cavaliers still remain close to his heart. The veteran center signed his reported four-year, $64 million deal while wearing a shirt featuring Lil’ Kev, the social media phenomenon that became the Cavs’ mascot during their run to the NBA title this spring.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Timofey Mozgov, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “Timofey is a player who has shown the ability to change the game at the defensive end, and fills an area of need for us at the center position,” said Kupchak. “We are very pleased to add him to our team.”
LeBron James: Congrats to my brother Big fella Mozzie on the deal with the Lakers!! Enjoy LA. Dinner on you
Brad Turner: Mozgoz will earn $16 million per season, four-year deal, source told The Times.
The Vertical: Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers, Timofey Mozgov have agreed to four-year, $64 million deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers in serious talks on the framework of a four-year, $65M deal with Timofey Mozgov, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers are making a serious run at Cleveland free agent center Timofey Mozgov, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak reached out on Mozgov at 12:01 AM, league sources tell @The Vertical. Centers could move on the market quickly.
Dave McMenamin: Count Houston, Miami, Golden State and San Antonio among the teams interested in Timofey Mozgov, along with the Cavs, per league sources
ESPN reported last week that Golden State is “all-in” on the pursuit of Durant, but sources said this week that the 2015 champions plan to retain Barnes and try to sign a proven big man — sources say Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, David West and Timofey Mozgov are all potential targets — if Durant stays with Oklahoma City or chooses to sign with another team.
Ian Begley: The Knicks are interested in Joakim Noah, but he isn’t the only big man on their radar. Another center some in the Knicks organization are high on is Timofey Mozgov, per league sources. The interest between Noah and the Knicks is strong and mutual. But Mozgov, an ex-Knick, provides an interesting alternative. With Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis on the roster, the Knicks probably won’t need a high-scoring center. Mozgov doesn’t need touches and would provide mobile rim protection and rebounding. He also compares favorably to Noah in some categories (age: Mozgov is 29, Noah is 31; recent health: Noah was limited to 29 games last season due to a left shoulder injury).
Do you plan maybe one day going back to Russia and play in the Russian League? Timofey Mozgov: Me? Maybe ten years from now… We’ll see. As long I can stay here in the NBA, I’ll stay here.
Mozgov, 29, will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer and is expected to receive strong interest and a lucrative long-term deal. The Cavs’ plan is to attempt to re-sign him, but a return could be less attractive for Mozgov if his reduced role continues. Cleveland, however, does own his Bird Rights, and he is eligible for a five-year extension with the franchise. The Cavaliers have $103 million committed in salary next season. If the franchise were to sign Mozgov to a $10 million annual deal – and his value could be more on the market – it would likely cost the Cavaliers over $26 million in salary and luxury tax.
He no longer has any discernible weaknesses, though he is still searching for consistency. Mozgov has always had good hands, good speed, impressive athleticism and great timing. For him, now, it’s just a matter of repetition and opportunity—not the dollars. “[My free agency] doesn’t change anything for me right now because whatever I do, I gotta do with my heart,” Mozgov said. “What I did last season, I gotta do this season, too. If you want to be a good player, there should be nothing changing. You’ve just gotta work hard.”
Mozgov is averaging 21.2 minutes per game, his lowest since the 2012-13 season. It’s also a contract year for the 29-year-old. “It’s still hard for you win or lose,” Mozgov said of sitting in the fourth. “You want to play anyway, but it’s a long season and we have a lot of things to do so you’ve got to be smart about it.”
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Barry Jackson: Next significant event for Heat could be re-engaging with Wizards if Beal rejects three year, 111 M extension he’s eligible to sign after July 26. For now, Wizards have rejected all trade overtures on Beal, a potential 2021 free agent
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.
Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.
For now, Oklahoma City doesn’t feel a need to surrender draft compensation to unload Paul’s contract, sources said. The Thunder want to be competitive and believe that Paul can serve as a mentor to Gilgeous-Alexander, a second-year guard who’s considered the franchise’s future playmaker.
But I stand by my initial forecast: It may not happen until after next season, but Russell will eventually be dealt by the Warriors once Klay Thompson has recovered from a torn anterior crucial ligament in his left knee — thereby pushing Russell down to third on Golden State’s backcourt depth chart.
Has your play in the BIG3 built any momentum toward an NBA return? Is getting back to the NBA even a goal of yours? Joe Johnson: Yes, I’d love to get back and play in the NBA. It’s not my ultimate goal, it wasn’t my goal getting into the BIG3. But if the opportunity presents itself, I would take upon the challenge. I would love to. But, I got a job to do, and my agent has a job to do. I’m not sure about the momentum or how it’s going, but I just focus on what I can do and what I can control.
Can you clarify for me why there aren’t any tampering charges toward Kawhi or the team he signed with? — @Jay_Since82 from Twitter League officials generally won’t open a tampering investigation until there is formal complaint by at least one team — accompanied by some worthy evidence. The Toronto Raptors have not taken such a step. Nor is there any indication that an official complaint is looming from one of the league’s other 28 teams that did not land Kawhi Leonard. It would be a significant step for the Raptors or any other aggrieved team to push for an actual probe.