Oct 1, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) is interviewed by reporters during media day at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings Interested In Timofey Mozgov?

While the Sacramento Kings are expected to sit down with free agent Greg Oden, it’s being reported that the former Ohio State product considers Sacramento a long-shot for his services.

Because of that, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting the Kings are going to make a hard push to sign fellow big man Timofey Mozgov, assuming Oden turns them down.

Per Stein:

As ESPN.com reported Monday, Oden is scheduled to have face-to-face meetings this week with the Sacramento Kings and Mavs in addition to the Pelicans. Sources say that the Kings, though, are long-shot contenders when it comes to actually signing Oden and are thus planning a hard push for free-agent center Timofey Mozgov if rebuffed by Oden.

Mozgov was a member of the Denver Nuggets for the past two and a half seasons after being acquired in the Carmelo Anthony trade.

The 27 year old big man (who’s birthday is today, oddly) struggled for floor time in Denver under then coach George Karl, though, despite that has never once had a negative win share in the offensive or defensive column.

Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro, who of course was with Denver during Mozgov’s tenure there is extremely familiar with the Russian born center, who should come relatively cheap on the open market.

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