Charlotte Hornets: Timofey Mozgov was surprised by trade to Orlando

Timofey Mozgov thought he was going to be playing with the Charlotte Hornets this season and didn’t see a trade happening this summer.

In a recent blog post on, Timofey Mozgov talked about being traded twice this summer. The big man detailed what happened this offseason and how he was dealt twice in a short period of time. Most notably, he said that he was “surprised” by being traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Orlando Magic.

Mozgov said that he took the first trade (from the Brooklyn Nets to the Charlotte Hornets) “calmly.” Charlotte made a move for Timofey when they dealt Dwight Howard to Brooklyn in exchange for Mozgov and two future second-round picks.

The 32-year old center was expected to be the Hornets’ third-string/emergency big man behind Cody Zeller and Willy Hernangomez but only a couple days after meeting with Charlotte officials and undergoing a physical, Mozgov was notified that he had been traded once again. The Queen City team had decided to deal him to the Orlando Magic.

Timofey was moved as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Chicago Bulls. Charlotte acquired Bismack Biyombo and two future second round picks in the deal while Chicago got Julyan Stone and Orlando received Mozgov and Jerian Grant.

Talking about that trade, Timofey said that he was “surprised for sure” while adding “Why did the Charlotte Hornets trade me? This is hard to say, you cannot get inside the bosses’ minds. When I talked to them in the US nothing hinted on a trade.”

Admittedly, it would’ve been better if the Hornets’ front office would’ve been straight up with Mozgov and told him that they may have been looking to move him.

Although, Charlotte could’ve been planning to keep him until a deal with Orlando arose out of nowhere. The NBA is a business and teams trade players all the time so it isn’t that surprising that Timofey was moved twice in one summer.

Still, it is interesting to see these events from Timofey Mozgov’s perspective and I’m sure it was a hectic few days for the NBA veteran. He did say that both trades were “unexpected” but I’m sure the second one from Charlotte to Orlando really shocked him. Best of luck to Timofey going forward.