Heat interested in Denver’s Timofey Mozgov?
So with the trade deadline approaching, the Miami Heat could be pursuing a big man to fix their issue on the glass.
But market for big men is slim, especially with Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love sidelined due to surgeries. Additionally, the Miami Heat were previously rumored to hold an interest in Greg Oden and Chris Andersen.
Still, the Miami Heat could have their work cut short, with the Denver Nuggets reportedly shopping Timofey Mozgov. The third-year pro Timofey Mozgov still has a lot of room for growth and will prosper with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James by his side.
The talented youngster Timofey Mozgov hasn’t seen much playing time this season due to the Denver Nuggets depth at the position and is on an expiring contract. However, Timofey Mozgov seemed to know that the Denver Nuggets could put him on the block ahead of the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
“It think it's logical, you can see that, trading me,'' confessed Timofey Mozgov. “I'm in my contract year. So if they can get something for me. … I don't think it would be a surprise for me (to be traded).''
Timofey Mozgov is owed $2.79 million this season and his contract with the Denver Nuggets expires in June. The 26-year-old hasn’t been that involved in the Denver Nuggets’ rotation, with JaVale McGee, Kosta Koufos and even Kenneth Faried getting the majority minutes. So it could be a win-win scenario for both parties, with Timofey Mozgov getting more time elsewhere and the Miami Heat getting a promising big man to put some numbers on the boards.
"I heard Miami is trying to find a big guy," Timofey Mozgov said. "We'll see. I don't know (what might happen)."
But what could the Miami Heat possibly offer in trade? They have second-year point guard Norris Cole who is a decent asset but his $1.1 million salary doesn’t match. Moreover, the Denver Nuggets seem pretty assured with their options at point guard in Ty Lawson and Andre Miller.
Then the Miami Heat hold the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round protected lottery pick this season. But is it worth making a three month bet on Timofey Mozgov. It would seem so if the Miami Heat were desperate and the current condition on the glass doesn’t stated otherwise.
Timofey Mozgov is averaging 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds while seeing 10 minutes per game this season.