Based on converstations with league executives, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Timofey Mozgov may be on the trading block:
Of their three centers, the Nuggets are most willing to part with Mozgov, who has proven in his short NBA career and Olympic play that he is a serviceable big man. The Nuggets probably won’t try to re-sign him with two other free agents on the horizon: guard Andre Iguodala and reserve swingman Corey Brewer.
“It’s logical because they have three centers and it’s hard for [coach George] Karl to play them all,” one NBA GM said. “The Nuggets are not a big revenue-generating team and they’re not going to pay the tax.”
Grantland.com’s Zach Lowe confirms that “executives agree that Timofey Mozgov, thrust back into the rotation in the last week, is among the most available players in the league.”
Mozgov has played in only 12 of 25 Nuggets game this season, logging a total of 135 minutes compared to 519 for starting center Kosta Koufos and 492 for backup JaVale McGee. If the Nuggets were to trade one of their centers, Timo is clearly the odd man out.
Presumably if the Nuggets do make any moves before the trade deadline, they will target players who can bolster their sub-par 3-point shooting, helping to space the floor and give their slashers and cutters more room to operate.