Denver has other options at center. JaVale McGee is getting healthier, and rookie Jusuf Nurkic is quickly impressing.
But the Nuggets know they have good value in Mozgov, who’s making $4.65 million this season and has a $4.95 million team option for next season.
If they’re not trading him for return, they’re sure not letting him walk for nothing.
the Nuggets are expected to pick up the team option on Mozgov’s contract
Unlike players on rookie-scale contracts, Mozgov won’t need his option extended until after the season. So, the Nuggets aren’t committing, but their plans make sense.
Denver already has $65,742,655 in 2015-16 salary committed to Ty Lawson, McGee, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Arron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler, J.J. Hickson, Nurkic and Gary Harris. With a projected salary cap of $66.3 million, keeping Mozgov won’t cost the Nuggets any cap room. They’ll have the mid-level exception either way.
Denver must sort out its center rotation, but in the meantime, Mozgov is a positive asset.