Timofey Mozgov not pushing to leave Nuggets in trade to Cavaliers

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Yes, Timofey Mozgov would enjoy playing for David Blatt, his coach on the Russian national team.

Of course, Mozgov would like lining up next to LeBron James, a superstar who makes his teammates better.

But despite rumors of the Cavaliers trying to trade for him, Mozgov insists he doesn’t want to leave the Nuggets.

Denver, Mozgov told itar-tass.com (through Google translate):

has developed successfully and to take any steps to withdraw from the team would be unwise.

The best trade idea I see is John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas, Erik Murphy and a protected first rounder for Mozgov. Denver could waive its incoming players for a total cost of $100,000 (Murphy’s guarantee). However, that trade isn’t allowed until Sept. 22.

But the Nuggets can use Mozgov, 28, now. His contract doesn’t expire until 2016, so there’s no rush to trade him.

Mozgov could pull a Kevin Love and request his way to Cleveland. Obviously, Mozgov doesn’t hold the same pull as Love, but any player can sway his future by expressing unhappiness.

However, it doesn’t seem Mozgov has any interest in going that route – even if he sees positives with the Cavaliers.