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NBA removes Timofey Mozgov’s $16.7 million salary from Magic’s salary books

Timofey Mozgov, Magic

Veteran NBA center Timofey Mozgov never suited up as a member of the Orlando Magic, but after the team acquired his rights during a July 2019 deal, they found themselves on the hook for his $16.7 million salary.

However, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA has removed Mozgov’s salary from the team’s books due to a career-ending injury/illness application.

Movgov was released by the organization back in July, having been dealing with a knee injury that kept him unable to take the floor. Later that month, he inked a one-year deal to return to his native Russia, where he now plays for Khimki.

The move by the league likely ties a knot around the NBA odyssey of Movgov, who played parts of eight seasons for five different organizations. After breaking into the league with the New York Knicks in 2010-11, he carved out a niche over five years spent as a member of the Denver Nuggets.

Mozgov became a primary starter during the end of his tenure in the Mile High City before moving on to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he won his first and only NBA championship in 2015-16.

He parlayed that role into a massive free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that paid him $64 million over four years. He played just 54 games with the Purple and Gold before the organization decided to drop anchor on the deal and trade him to the Brooklyn Nets alongside D’Angelo Russell.

Over 454 career games in the league, Movgov averaged 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.