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    He was nobody until Sergio Scariolo (Khimki coah and also spanish national team coach -european champion last year) launched him last year.
    He's young, talented, but he needs time because of his inexperience.
    If Scariolo believed in him it's very positive because he has an incredible basket (and human) knowledge.

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    He better be decent enough, considering the Nyets just handed Morrow 12 mil for 3 years. Basically this Russian will make 1 mil less.

    Either way don't like something in Morrow, or we think we found something in this guy.

    If we committed 3 mil of our cap next year.... We better be right.
    The Nets have also inked Johan Petro to a comparable deal...
    Neither Morrow nor Petro are worth the money, so I think our odds are better.

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    Originally Posted by Paul1355
    hard nosed- maybe he can be the next Marc Gasol?

    Looks more athletic than M.Gasol. Of course basing this off the videos.

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    STAT CITY is now MOZGOV METROPOLITAN AREA!

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    I'm getting the feeling that Rautins-Fields-Jordan-Mozgov are all projects.... We'll tuck them away this season and develop them during practice. They can pull a Marcus Landry and play their way into the active roster with hard work.... for sure! But, thes moves are for the future.

    Fields is being groomed to take over for Wilson Chandler. Jordan-Mozgov to take over for Turiaf. A jack-of-all-trades type SG/SF, and a powerful-gritty Center. These will be important role players.

    Mozgov might be one of these ON THE VERGE type players. One more season abroad might have put him on everyone's radar (if we didn't feel a MIA or something was going for it now). Maybe we buy him early.

    Sounds like Mozgov also has the best chance playing now. Well, he and Rautins. I would guess if Curry is traded, or in the D'ant doghouse from Day #1, the Mozgov might see some minutes on nights when Turiaf is in foul trouble.

    Amar'e-Randolph-Turiaf are the big-3 PF/C; and there will be times we go smaller and deploy Wilson as the PF. BUt I can see games where we send Mozgov in to clog the paint and bang some bodies.

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    I'm getting the feeling that Rautins-Fields-Jordan-Mozgov are all projects.... We'll tuck them away this season and develop them during practice. They can pull a Marcus Landry and play their way into the active roster with hard work.... for sure! But, thes moves are for the future.

    Fields is being groomed to take over for Wilson Chandler. Jordan-Mozgov to take over for Turiaf. A jack-of-all-trades type SG/SF, and a powerful-gritty Center. These will be important role players.

    Mozgov might be one of these ON THE VERGE type players. One more season abroad might have put him on everyone's radar (if we didn't feel a MIA or something was going for it now). Maybe we buy him early.

    Sounds like Mozgov also has the best chance playing now. Well, he and Rautins. I would guess if Curry is traded, or in the D'ant doghouse from Day #1, the Mozgov might see some minutes on nights when Turiaf is in foul trouble.

    Amar'e-Randolph-Turiaf are the big-3 PF/C; and there will be times we go smaller and deploy Wilson as the PF. BUt I can see games where we send Mozgov in to clog the paint and bang some bodies.
    nice post, rautins is gonna be 3rd string pg

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    The Knicks last night were on the verge of signing 7-foot-1 Russian free-agent center Timofey Mozgov, according to a source. The anticipated three-year,

    $9 million deal would eat up the rest of their cap space.

    However, the Knicks are still waiting for clearance papers from FIBA and his Russian team, according to the source.

    The Knicks worked out the 24-year-old the past week and were hoping word would not get out. The Knicks must pay his Russian team Khimki $500,000.

    It was a closely guarded secret they were courting the Russian. Yesterday morning, a team official was asked by The Post about rumors they were ready to sign a 7-foot Russian center and he confirmed it, but would not reveal the name.

    "I don't want another team coming in and swooping him up," the official told The Post.

    One scout said of Mozgov that he was a proficient inside-outside center, perfect for Mike D'Antoni's system.

    He averaged six points and four rebounds in 13 minutes per game last season for Khimki. Though he didn't log a lot of minutes, the standard in Russia is for young centers to be brought along slowly. After the Knicks' post-LeBron James' maneuverings, they had $3.2 million left under the salary cap and needed a center for their roster. They may still have enough left for a minimum signing.

    According to a person familiar with the Knicks' thinking, the club will explore trading Wilson Chandler, possibly packaging him with the expiring contract of Eddy Curry. The Knicks would love to trade for a premier outside-shooting big man.

    Chandler, who has had ankle surgery two straight offseasons, has a contract the Knicks likely will move to be enough under the 2011 salary cap for a maximum contract. The addition of versatile forward Anthony Randolph and swingman Kelenna Azubuike makes Chandler more expendable for a roster lacking size. The Knicks don't believe Chandler can handle shooting-guard duties.

    The Knicks have had internal discussions about shooting guard Rasual Butler, but they didn't have enough room. They were looking at centers Theo Ratliff and Tony Battie in case the deal with the Russian didn't work.

    "It's not a bad thing not to spend all the money we have under the cap," team president[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]said. "It's early July. We'll spend the rest of the summer looking for ways to improve the team."

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    The new Gasol is Ante Tomic, croatian, 23 years old, now at Real Madrid.
    Unfortunately he was drafted by Utah jazz in 2008.

    Please have a look
    (white shirt, number 4, and he's playing versus barcellona, european champion team)
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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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    I like how he can finish at the rim. Obviously hes gonna have to get use to the U.S. and have to work on his game. Top international Free Agent. I hope that is for a very good reason. I would like to see what he develops into.

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    I'm a bit worried with the history of Dantoni being comfortable with very small, tight roster. Last few years he was throwing different lineups around like crazy. I still think we should have tried to get Rick Adelman (most underrated Coach) instead, but I'm hoping hes learned from watching the Suns play with more of a bench.

    That said, this guy looks like another promising project. As long as he plays hard, he'll cover a huge gap in our lineup. We really need a strong big to cover for the matador defense the knicks play. He'll be aan instant crowd favorite if he knocks down Dwade/Bron on a drive.

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    Originally Posted by TunerAddict
    That article you're quoting is from 2 years ago.

    He plays first division ball now and plays for the Russian National Team.

    Watch tape of him. He is a high risk high reward player. His agility is unreal for someone that high and weight.

    I've also heard that his contract isn't guaranteed.

    LMAO, damn boy...you made the poor kid delete his post in complete game...totally put him on shutthe****up mode.

    Good job.

    I'm actually liking this signing, just because this is something Isiah would never do.

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    He's got size and he's pretty athletic. Both extremely valuable things on...what was that thing...oh right DEFENSE

    I feel like D'Antoni is going to try to play Amar'e at the 4 which is his more natural position (or wherever he feels comfortable, really). A Jerome Jordan/Mozgav platoon at C seems pretty good and I guess adequate defensively.

    I like our chances for next year. Now that we're not letting Chris Duhomo run the point (we've got a legit PG in Raymond Felton - yea he's not AMAZING but he's leaps and bounds above Duhomo) and we've got a roster that can play some defense I think there's something in it for us.

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    Originally Posted by Danilo
    Mozgav is a ****ing gem, only a retard would argue we shouldve signed barron instead. With amare, randolph, and turiaf he would be our 4th best player stuck between 4 and 5. Hes also 29 and probably is about to regress. Mozgov is a legit 7-1, who looks about like a russian David Robinson. He is the perfect long term center prospect for the ssol. He is big enough to play the dwights bynums and lopezs of the league but fast enough to play at our speed. He wont play much this yr, but he should get into the rotation in 2011 if all goes well. With Amare/ AR/ Mozgof if AR and Mozgof get better we will have a picture perfect frontcourt for the future. I am very excited, good to see that we are basically rebuilding but it should be a little quicker than rebuilding through the draft.
    a gem? since 75% of euro players dont pan out, I will give him decent expectations, nothing more until im proven wrong. Not seeing him in summer league hurts but I hope he can contribute right away or we wll wate money on him.

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    It seems like Darko 2.0

    He has been eligiable for Drafts and teams are not bitting.

    I know that steals happen all the time, but if his upside was so major then we would not have been the only team pursuing.

    It would be nice to believe that our scouts are so great that they had the drop on this kid.....but the fact of the matter is we Drafted Jordan Hill! Point being is we don't know big men too well

    If the contract is non-gauranteed then cool, it is well worth the risk.

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