As it was made known some hours ago, Timofey Mozgov will be leaving Khimki and is heading to the NBA, as he agreed terms with New York Knicks for a 3-years deal.
Judging from Khimki’s moves in the transfer market it was obvious that one (or more) of their centers would be leaving the team. And while everyone expected that to be Robertas Javtokas, it was the young promising Russian international Mozgov who opened the exit door first.
As a well-trusted American source says Mozgov agreed with NY Knicks for three seasons for $9.7 millions while Khimki will also receive a $500K buy-out.
Upon being called to confirm the move Khimki’s press officer claimed that he knows nothing and when something becomes official, the club will announce it.
Mozgov who became 24 last Friday, received a great birthday present and is looking to join Andrey Kirilenko in the NBA, while some teams are also interested in Sasha Kaun. Mozgov will be the backup of Amare Stoudemire who will be the club’s star as he signed a 5 year deal worth $100 millions.
As TalkBasket got informed, NY Knicks’ scouts first saw Mozgov in Eurobasket 2009 where they were extremely surprised and impressed by his skills and body but decided to let him mature in Europe for one more season.
This move comes just hours after we analysed how Europe is bleeding quality big men to the NBA and verifies our claim.