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The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly come to agreement with Russian guard Alexey Shved on a multi-year contract.
Shved visited the Target Center today, it wasn't just for an interview, but instead to sign a reported 3-year deal, worth rougly $9million (reports say).
Shved is a 23-year-old, who played last season with CSKA Moscow and averaged 11.6ppg, 3.3apg and 3.0rpg in Euroleague play last year.
Alexey is listed at 6'6" and 190lbs. and although it's rumored he can play three positions (point guard, shooting guard, small forward) most reports list him as a point guard. Which means he'll add to the glut at the 1: Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea and Malcolm Lee. You've got to think either Ridnour or Barea could be on the move via trade (though no reports or rumors have stated that, thus far).
Alexey isn't expected to play in the Las Vegas Summer League because of Russian Olympic commitments.
The announcement could be delayed while the Timberwolves continue to try and facilitate a sign-and-trade deal that would land them Blazers' forward Nicolas Batum.
Here's what DraftExpress said about him in the 2010 pre-draft report, drawing comparisons to current Phoenix Sun Goran Dragic...
"His style of play is very similar to the way Goran Dragic played for Phoenix this season. Shved is an even better passer, though. He instinctively makes smart, simple passes within the flow of the offense, but he can also wow you at times with his imagination and his ability to thread the needle and find the open man diving to the rim for an easy basket.."
I'd expect him to see the majority of his playing time, backing up free agent acquisition Brandon Roy (assuming he's the TWolves' starting shooting guard, next year).
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