The NBA tread deadline is tomorrow at 3 pm EST and that means rumors and trade speculation are running rampant. Pretty much the only one surrounding the Denver Nuggets involves 7 foot 1 inch center Timofey Mozgov.
The trade rumor is said to be with the Minnesota Timberwolves and league sources told Yahoo! Sports that the Nuggets have turned down an offer that would’ve sent Brandon Roy and a first-round pick to Denver for Mozgov.
The Nuggets really probably don’t need three seven footers and both Kosta Koufos and JaVele McGee have proven their worth. Koufos has earned the starting spot on the roster, has 8.0 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and has a player efficiency rating of +13.28. McGee coming off the bench has averaged 9.9 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game and a player efficiency rating of +11.85. Mozgov, however, is averaging only 2.9 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game and a player efficiency rating of +4.65.
Roy has struggled with his health in the league. He is currently rehabilitating his knees and neither the Timberwolves or Roy himself expect he’ll be able to play again in the NBA.
While it is probably a good move to trade away Mozgov for either draft picks or talent, it definitely would not be a good move to bring in a player that probably will never even be able to play professionally again. With the season Denver is having so far, it might be best to just leave things the way they are for the moment. It can be considered somewhat of a pleasantry to be able to bring in two seven footers off the bench, as long as they are utilized that is.