The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement with Russian national team member Alexey Shved, according to the Associated Press’ sources.
The 6-foot-6 combo guard reportedly met with Minnesota president of basketball operations David Kahn to finalize discussions, but contract terms have not been announced. Kahn and Wolves owner Glen Taylor were unavailable for comment Tuesday.
Shved averaged 10.6 points, 3.0 assists, and shot 48.7 percent from behind the arc in 21 Euro League games last season for CSKA Moscow. He was once regarded as a teenage prodigy early in his career, but he went undrafted two years ago after clashing with Ettore Messina, a highly-regarded Russian basketball coach. The guard regained his status after playing for CSKA and the Russian national team.
Signing Shved allows head coach Rick Adelman to slot the 23-year-old in either guard position because of his ability to create off the dribble and play off the ball. Shved also allows Ricky Rubio ample time to rehabilitate his left knee’s torn ACL since it is unclear whether he will be able to start the 2012-13 season. With Brandon Roy intending to sign with Minnesota and Rubio, J.J. Barea, and Luke Ridnour already on the Wolves’ roster, the addition of Shved may force future roster movements.
Minnesota has until July 17 to make use of their amnesty clause and the most likely target on the roster is Darko Milicic. Amnestying the center would free Minnesota of $5.2 million worth of cap space for next season and allow the team to focus on trading or buying out Martell Webster and Brad Miller.
Webster, a restricted free agent, will be playing for $5.7 million next season, however, only $600,00 is guaranteed. Miller announced his retirement at the end of the 2011-12 season, but he is due a $5.1 million qualifying offer.
Absolving Miller, Milicic, and Webster will save Minnesota approximately $15 million.
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