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    Default Knicks sign C Timofey Mozgov to 3 year/$9.7MM Deal


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    Russian center Timofey Mozgov will sign a three year, 9.7 million dollar contract with the New York Knicks. Knicks will pay Khimki 500k USD.

    Mozgov has been rated DraftExpress' #1 International Free Agent prospect for the past two years. Big, strong athletic center w/nice upside.
    Hmm.. gonna find out more about him before I comment.

    Here's a profile I found:
    The athletic 7-1 center had an outstanding campaign under David Blatt with the Russian national team in the European Championships in Poland this summer, averaging 11 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 23 minutes per game, helping his team far exceed expectations despite missing most of their big name players. He seems to be making big strides in his game year after year and is clearly not a finished product at this point. With his outstanding physical attributes and especially the way he runs the floor, it not out of the question that he could be a much better fit for the more up and down style of play that is found in the NBA than he is for Europe.
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    He's number 15 in this video. Just a sample.
    Knocks down a jumper at about 8 mins in. 7 feet and can shoot. Nice.

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    I hope this doesnt hurt our chances in re-signing Earl Barron...

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    Originally Posted by yanks26ngoin
    I hope this doesnt hurt our chances in re-signing Earl Barron...
    sources have said that Earl Barron was never going to come back, He wants to test his value in free agency and the Knicks dont want a bidding war for someone who played 7 games.

    I liked Barron alot but getting a big Russian guy can be a benefit

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    Can we still go after Mello next year fafter this?

    Also After this deal I think we should call it an off season. Maybe see how Ewing jr. Does in the summer leauge or if tmac wants minimum but that's it.

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    I wonder if this means Curry is a goner?

    ANyway, if he was so good why didn't th Nyets sign him?

    Still, I like the idea to LOAD UP on front court players. Attack MIA where they're the weakest!

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    ... talking about an incredibly raw 7-footer with a WWF wresterís body and intriguing athleticism for a player his size.

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    Itís not hard to see what makes Mozgov unique on first glance. He is a true 7-footer who is built like a house, with long arms, and outstanding strength and athleticism. Imagine a bulkier [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], or a Russian version of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Mozgov is an extremely limited offensive player, who is mostly relegated to catching and finishing around the basket, and making his presence felt on the offensive glass. He is an absolute force as an offensive rebounder in fact, leading the EuroCup [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] per-minute. He loves to set bruising screens and then roll to the basket for an empathic alley-oop lob, and does a great job throwing his weight around in the paint and moving opposing centers around. His toughness and activity level are both top-notch, and help make up for some of the many shortcomings that he suffers from at this point.

    Despite being a tremendous finisher around the basket, Mozgov possesses little in the ways of touch, post-moves, dribbling ability, footwork or any of the other skill-based attributes that most big men need in order to be effective at the highest level of competition. Heís not terribly coordinated, often looking like a bull in a china shop trying to execute advanced moves, thus being fairly turnover prone. While he gets to the free throw line at a solid rate, he only converts around 50% of his attempts, and is obviously incredibly limited when asked to do anything offensively outside of the paint. No one is going to confuse his passing ability or basketball IQ with that of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] anytime soon.

    Defensively, Mozgov is a major presence, as heís extremely difficult to post up on the block and has all the size, length and athleticism needed to swallow up opposing centers whole, and then grab the ensuing rebound for good measure. He blocks one shot for every 9 minutes heís on the floor, and grabs a rebound every 3 minutes, which obviously makes him one of the more productive players youíll find at his position in Europe. He brings very good intensity to this end of the floor, and has the added bonus of being agile enough to step out and hedge screens, showing very nice agility in the process. Mozgov still has a ways to go in terms of improving his fundamentals and all-around court awarenessóhe still makes too many rookie mistakes to be trusted by most top-level coaches. Heís also fairly foul prone and has a tendency to bite on pump-fakes, being a bit naÔve as you might expect from a player with little experience.

    All in all, Mozgov looks like a very interesting prospect that teams would do well to keep tabs on, as you just donít find many players with his combination of size, strength, athleticism and intensity. Considering how much heís improved over the past year, and the fact that heís only 22 years old, there is no telling where heíll be in a few years, as heís obviously a late-bloomer who is only getting better by the day.

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    A 7-foot Russian dude nobody has ever heard of. Yeah, great.

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    Okay okay...

    And please stop with Earl Barron. He had a nice run at the end of last year but he's not getting resigned and will be lucky to show up in the league again.
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    Originally Posted by GoKnIcKsDLEE42
    Okay okay...

    And please stop with Earl Barron. He had a nice run at the end of last year but he's not getting resigned and will be lucky to show up in the league again.
    Why? Barron proved he can play in this system and have an effective 10-15 minutes off the bench. This guy is totally unproven in the NBA and were giving up 3 million of next years cap to have him. He's intriguing yes but is he worth the risk? Who knows.

    It's funny though, how before FA started we were all wondering how we were even going to fill 13 roster spots with NBA ready players. Now look at our roster...

    1. Felton
    2. Walker
    3. Gallo
    4. Amare
    5. Randolph
    6. Chandler
    7. Azubuike
    8. Douglas
    9. Fields
    10. Rautlins
    11. Jordan
    12. Turiaf
    13. Mozgov
    14. Curry

    We actually have 9-10 players already who are NBA proven and 4-5 players who will be hungry for playing time. This could be a good thing to get everyone to work harder on their game and really try to prove themselves. Hopefully it doesn't go the other way where D'antoni tries out 5 different rotations before settling on one and making us inconsistent.

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    Barron took advantage of his opportunity.... For sure. But he's 29 yrs-old. Like a September call-up in baseball, hard to really judge what he is.

    I like this move b/c we get a BRUISER.

    We need to build a team to beat MIA. We need SSOL + SSBA (Some Super Bad Ass). Get athletic bruisers who can play defense, rebound, RUN RUN RUN... I see the vision....

    Amar'e and Randolph dunking with Turiaf & Mozgov doing the dirty work.

    Perfect compliments to one another.

    Bosh will cry; Wade will get hammered. Me like it!

    Maybe the Nyets were close to sogning him? Who knows. Top International prospect. Young enough to mesh with our budding squad.

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    we are getting stacked. Our future is bright.

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    why?!?!?!?! nooo!!! are they crazy? that's so not needed!

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    I'm sure (I hope), Walsh understands the cap to where this (and Felton) deals aren't going to hinder our ability to ensnare Melo.

    That said I like the deal.

    Stat is a given beast. Turiaf is a proven enforcer and beefy rotation guy. Randolph is already a defensive prescense and sheer athleticism makes him a 2way threat.

    Now we have 2 7fters in Jordan and Timorex who are young, fit nicely, and have big upside.

    We are pretty stacked at the 4-5 and it isn't really a logjam bc of the players' unique capabilities and age/development.

    AR is all the more tradeable now, also. And we need every potential edge we can get in possibly getting Melo.

    (I would do all not to trade him though.)

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    Originally Posted by smokes
    Why? Barron proved he can play in this system and have an effective 10-15 minutes off the bench. This guy is totally unproven in the NBA and were giving up 3 million of next years cap to have him. He's intriguing yes but is he worth the risk? Who knows.

    It's funny though, how before FA started we were all wondering how we were even going to fill 13 roster spots with NBA ready players. Now look at our roster...

    1. Felton
    2. Walker
    3. Gallo
    4. Amare
    5. Randolph
    6. Chandler
    7. Azubuike
    8. Douglas
    9. Fields
    10. Rautlins
    11. Jordan
    12. Turiaf
    13. Mozgov
    14. Curry

    We actually have 9-10 players already who are NBA proven and 4-5 players who will be hungry for playing time. This could be a good thing to get everyone to work harder on their game and really try to prove themselves. Hopefully it doesn't go the other way where D'antoni tries out 5 different rotations before settling on one and making us inconsistent.

    goood points, but realistically I believe our rotation will be set in pre season

    like you said we have 9-10 prove guys and we have 7 guys who are going to play no matter what

    1. Felton
    2. Walker
    3. Gallo
    4. Amare
    5. Randolph
    6. Chandler
    7. Azubuike
    8. Douglas
    9. Turiaf
    there is your rotation

    that right there is a 46-36 team this year

    and with no new moves a 51-31 team in 2011.

    add melo

    57-25 team next year.

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