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Timberwolves reach three-year deal with Russian guard Shved

Jul 24, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

CSKA Moscow`s Alexey Shved scores agains Getty Images

Minnesota thinks it has found it’s long-term backup for Ricky Rubio.

They have reached a three-year, $10 million deal to bring in Russian point guard Alexey Shved, reports the Pioneer Press via Russia’s R-Sport. And they got him because of coach Rick Adelman.

“Minnesota’s a good, young and ambitious team,” said Shved, who also had offers from the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers. “All those factors were reasons to choose this club in particular, plus coach Adelman. They say that Rick trusts young players and discovers talents, and I’m ready to work for my part…”

Shved can play both guard positions. He averaged 10.6 points and 3.0 assists in the Euroleague, shooting 48.7 percent — 49.3 percent on three-pointers. In 22 Russian League games, he averaged 11.3 points and 3.3 assists.

I honestly don’t know much about Shved other than that he played for powerhouse CSKA Moscow, but DraftExpress has said he’s got a fluid game that should translate well to the NBA — his strengths are in the open court and as the pick-and-roll ball handler.

We will see, if he can be a solid backup behind Rubio for the next few years this will look like a very smart move.

  1. thestudiokida - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    KAHN! KAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHNN!!!!!

  2. dr0pkickram0nes - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    And the white get whiter…

  3. thegrey7 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    With the Russian Rubio in town now, is it time to trade Ridnour or Barrera?

  4. paulhargis53 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    What the hell does skin color have to do with anything?

    All the moves made have improved this team. Isn’t that what its all about?
    Go peddle your racist bating crap somewhere else. Tool.

    • dr0pkickram0nes - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Surely you can’t be so bitter and angry at the world that you don’t find some humor in a roster consisting of Barea, Love, Buddinger, Pekovic, Rubio, Hummel, Stiesma, and now Shved.

      Lighten up…it’s literally PBT…

      • dlhouse18 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        and Ridnour

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:00 AM

        And AK 47 soon

  5. minnesotablizzard - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    It would be great if the Russian Rubio shows flashes of brilliance as
    Ricky rehabs his knee; they say he has a bit of flair/passing that is poor mans Rubio like and I’m sure Adelman will run him in the pick and roll like Ricky last year.

  6. gmsalpha - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Surely he chose Minnesota for the mild Winters. :p

  7. scottieplongballs - Jul 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Hahahaa. Kaaaahn! I like that the wolves are aggressive and proactive this offseaseon and hopefully getting rid of the “bad blood” in the locker room will help. I Love Love but is he getting big head syndrome…? I hope not.

  8. davidly - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    He’ll be starting at 2.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      49% on 3-pointers? That’s pretty good, even if the lines are closer.
      Shooters can always contribute, and the fact that he can handle the ball in multiple scenarios only adds to his value.
      Although, I doubt he could be better than Jose Calderon.

  9. Justin - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Yeah you keep saying he will be Rubio’s backup but I think they signed him to be a potential SG. Unlike Rubio, Shved has a pretty fluid shot. Also, Adelman likes have 2 really good ball handlers for his offense. He made this really clear when he started Luke Ridnour at the 2 even though he was an immense liability as a defender.

  10. jebdamone - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    yeah, i think you do know very little about shved. he may backup ricky sometimes but from what i have seen and read he is primarily a 2 guard. good ball handler and pretty good shooter and at getting to the rim but not quite the court vision or passing skills as ricky.

  11. joecain21 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Seems as though they’re making a push for AK47

  12. paulhargis53 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    I’m not bitter or angry. I just don’t find any form of racism funny.
    It would be different if it was a 1 time thing from you, but its not.

    It’s about fit, not about skin color.
    What’s funny about it? They have put together a playoff roster. I don’t care if they are white, black red yellow or green.
    Why does if matter to you do much?

    Grow up.

    • skinsfanwill - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      This is where you are wrong paul (not about racism, but your playoff prediction). That is nowhere near a playoff roster. Who are they gonna compete with? OKC, LAC, LAL, San Antonio, Memphis, Utah, Dallas, Denver. I don’t see them even finishing ahead of Phoenix, Houston, or even Golden State. They may be fun to watch, but they can’t defend a one-legged 5 foot center, or a 7 foot no armed point guard. That team is built to sell tickets for entertainment, not to win games. Stop fooling yourselves.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      Jeez man your political correctness is exhausting

  13. kirschmania - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Paul, settle down. It’s funny, no harm intended.

  14. dr0pkickram0nes - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I’m not sure how it isn’t a one time thing from me, considering it was my first post on PBT…

    …but I would also like to point out that Minnesota just traded for Brad Miller :-)

  15. paulhargis53 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    They were fighting for a spot last year before Rubio went down. They vastly improved the roster. Yeah, you’re right, no shot at the playoffs. Uff. Watch and learn. Not a biased T-Wolves fan either, so don’t say I’m a homer. This roster is a good one already, add AK and they are deeper and much better.

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