The Denver Nuggets have agreed to terms with Timofey Mozgov today. The deal will extend the 7-foot-1 center on a three-year deal worth $14 million.
It wasn't a guarantee that Mozgov was going to end up back in Denver. There were multiple sign-and-trade discussions between the Nuggets and multiple teams for Mozgov's services in the last few weeks. Of those that were interested, the Sacramento Kings and the San Antonio Spurs were the most serious. However, "Mozzy" was persuaded by the new HC Brian Shaw and GM Tim Connelly to stay in Denver.
Mozgov has averaged just 3.9 points per game in just over two seasons for the Denver Nuggets. To be fair to Mozgov, the 27-year-old never really got much playing time under the Nuggets' old regime lead by George Karl. Mozgov's minutes were nearly cut in half to just 8.9 minutes in 2012-2013. He also went from starting in 35 games to just 1 game in the same season.
Mozgov looks to be the backup to C JaVale McGee with the trade that sent former Nugget C Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzles. McGee, who suffers from asthma, would look fatigued on a regular basis last year while averaging just 18.1 minutes in a backup role for the Nuggets. It will be interesting to see how McGee handles more minutes in a starting role this upcoming season. However, if you're a "betting man", it's a safe bet that Mozgov's minutes will skyrocket in 2013-2014..
Mozgov has an attractive skill set. He's a physical, 7-foot center that can also hit a mid jumper. He can move pretty well for his size. If he can limit the fouls and turnovers down low while on the court, it looks to be a pretty promising season for Mozgov.