HoopsHype Alexey Shved rumors

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For Shved, it's a dream come true to join the NBA. The Russian dramatically improved his game over the last few years, and was a key reason his country's team won a bronze medal in London this summer. He hasn't had much rest as he prepares for the move, but the former CSKA guard said he was raring to go. “I have already been in training for the last two weeks and I just want to get there [in Minnessota] and start playing,” he said. “They say the first season in the NBA is always the hardest, but I hope one particular friend will help me out when I get there, and I hope everything will be ok.” RT

He'll have a big helping hand when he moves to Minnesota, since he will be joined by NBA veteran Andrey Kirilenko. Shved is thrilled to have such a good friend as a teammate. “He's been playing in the NBA for 10 seasons and he's vastly experienced.He's always the kind of guy you can go to for some advice. He's a great person to have around, and is a good friend of mine, both on and off the court,” Shved said. “I am sure he will help me out when I get there, and I'll try and take his advice on board.” RT

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Shved will arrive with his brother, who is fluent in English and who along with Kirilenko will help Shved adapt to a foreign and a different brand of basketball. He was scheduled to come to Minnesota for his introduction and a look-around in August right after the Olympics. But then Putin called. “It’s kind of mandatory, you have to attend,” he said, laughing. “You know Putin, you don’t go against Putin in Russia.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Andrei Kirilenko states that Rick Adelman’s game is very similiar to European basketball, he admired the play of Sacramento Kings back in the days under Adelman with Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic and he believes that kind of playing style is ideal for him. 31 years old forward is also excited about his former team mates in Minnesota, he says Kevin Love has become a superstar and Ricky Rubio showed a lot of promise before getting injured last season. When asked about if he feels responsible about Alexey Shved as the Russian player will be a rookie this season with Timberwolves, Andrei Kirilenko said: “I think he has a good chance and potential to be an essential part of this team but I can not go out there and play for him even if I wanted to. In my opinion you need three things to be succesful in the NBA: 1.Confidence of your coach, 2.Performance and 3. Good Luck. You need to join the right team, with the right role, with the right coach and at the right time. For my part I will do my best to help him adapt as quickly as possible and focus on basketball.” TrendBasket

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Joan Niesen: Timberwolves assistant coach Jack Sikma on Alexey Shved: Sikma has helped out at Eurocamp for nearly a decade. Checks in with international scout Pete Philo about memorable/impressive players when he sees him: “Every once in a while when I see him, I ask him about some specific players. There were two this year that I was wondering about, one of which was Alexey, and he’s going to be on our team now. It’s a small world.” Twitter

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Messina, who spent last season on Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown’s staff, coach Shved when he first broke into the CSKA team, and has now returned to the 19-time Russian champion team. “Alexey has for sure the talent to play there. He’s probably at a good age to go there. I think they will ask him to use his creativity on the floor,” Messina said. “I think they will ask him to use his creativity on the floor. At the same time, I think they will ask him to become stronger physically because contact is a very big factor in the NBA.” RIA Novosti

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After Brazil took a lead late in the game, Shved had a driving assist, a pull-up jumper and a three-pointer, before teammate Vitaliy Fridzon hit a game-winning three-pointer from the corner with four seconds remaining. "I like him,'' Russian forward Andrei Kirilenko, another player signed by the Timberwolves, said of Shved. "He's growing up. Our whole team is growing up together. I think he's taking that role very, very seriously, and I think he's going to keep blossoming.'' Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Kirilenko's presence in Minnesota will make him comfortable, too. "I know one Russian player is coming over, my friend, which is very nice for me,'' Shved said. "It's my first year, he can help me.'' Shved threw no-look passes, alley-oops and even one between-the-legs bounce pass. Asked to evaluate Shved, Kirilenko said: "You see him tonight? It's a process. I can't tell you how he's going to adjust to the NBA, because it takes time. I know myself, when I was young, I went through those steps. But as long as he puts himself into the work, he's going to be great. He's got all the tools.'' Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Jerry Zgoda: Look for the Wolves to announce the Shved signing as early as tomorrow, getting it done before he starts playing for Russia in London Twitter

Russian guard Alexey Shved has agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal with the Timberwolves and said coach Rick Adelman's faith in young players helped convince him to pick Minnesota, according to a Monday, July 23, interview with R-Sport, a division of RIA Novosti, Russia's state news agency. "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." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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