As first reported by Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski the Nuggets and center Timofey Mozgov have finally reached an agreement on a three year, $14 million contract extension.
According to Wojnarowski sign-and-trades were talked about but the Nuggets and Mozgov finally came together on the terms of the deal and were able to get it done.
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.
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.
The move looks as if it completes the Denver roster, though the possibility of the team signing second round pick Erick Green still exists. To do so the Nuggets would have to open up a roster spot though and it is hard to see where that opening would come from outside of finding a team to dump Andre Miller on.
Basically, this looks like the Nuggets for next season barring unforeseen circumstances.
It also continues the trend of confusing signings that has plagued the Nuggets this offseason.
After all the team traded Kosta Koufos, who made around $3 million a year earlier this offseason and now has agreed to pay a player in Mozgoz who wasn’t good enough to take minutes from Koufos last season and also happens to be three years older.
It is understandable that the team wanted to play JaVale McGee more but it continues to be confounding why Denver wouldn’t just use Koufos as the backup, especially now that the team has added JJ Hickson to the roster to play power forward, taking minutes from Darrell Arthur who was acquired in the Koufos trade, and signed Mozgov for almost $2 million a year more than they would have paid Koufos.
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