Timofey Mozgov is woefully underpaid by NBA big men standards. He's in the final year of a contract that will pay him under $5 million for next season, but we won't be looking to sign an extension with the Cavaliers just yet.
Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com explains why:
"In four years, the salary cap may double. It's expected to rise about 30 percent in 2016, what I've called 'The Money Summer.'"
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"That's why Mozgov won't sign an extension right now. He'll play for $4.9 million and another solid season for the 7-footer could be worth more than $15 million a year in 2016.
"As a few agents have explained to me, 'A max contract now immediately becomes 30 percent less than the max by next summer. In 2-3 years, it's not anywhere close to the max.'"
Mozgov averaged career-bests in points and field goal percentage after being traded to the Cavaliers in the middle of last season. There's no question that he's in line for a huge payday, but it's one that'll be even bigger if he waits for the salary cap to spike before cashing in.