HoopsHype CSKA Moscow rumors

July 5, 2012 Updates

Ex-Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko is "50-50" about returning to the NBA for the 2012-13 season, a league source with direct knowledge of the situation told The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday. Salt Lake Tribune

Kirilenko has been training with Team Russia. This week, he told a Russian paper that he could still choose to stay with CSKA Moscow (who would pay him $3 million). More tellingly, he said his agent hasn't contacted any NBA teams and he expects to make a decision by August 1. By then, there'll be little money for any remaining free agents. NetsDaily

July 4, 2012 Updates

In-demand point guard Alexey Shved will decide which NBA team to sign with on basis of potential court time, he told R-Sport in a recent interview. The Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have all offered contracts to the CSKA Moscow player, his agent Obrad Fimic told R-Sport on Tuesday. “More than anything, I want to play,” Shved said, when asked Tuesday about his criteria for choosing between the three teams. “You need to see what the roster’s like, what the coach is like, how they’ll relate to me and what role they see me in.” RIA Novosti

Shved is currently in Venezuela with the Russian national team at the Olympic qualification tournament, and he suggested the situation could move more quickly when the tournament finishes Sunday. “I haven’t personally spoken to any of the teams. I’ve talked to my agent, I trust him a lot,” Shved said. “I’ll probably travel to the U.S. straight after the tournament.” RIA Novosti

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President of CSKA Moscow Andrei Vatutin confirms that team's guard Alexey Shved is going to continue his career in the NBA. Izvestija quotes Vatutin: "At the moment, I can say that Alexey is leaving CSKA for the NBA. For him, it is not about the money, but about the chance to test himself at the highest level of competition. In my opinion, he's going too early, but I guess the player and the agent know best." Sports.ru

June 28, 2012 Updates

Kahn denied the team is interested in signing free-agent Alexey Shved, a 6-6 shooting guard who played for CSKA Moscow last season. His agent said the Wolves are one of the teams pursuing his client. "I didn't know we had an interest," Kahn said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 23, 2012 Updates

Two more player, though, are ready to… defect from Russia to the NBA. We are not referring to Andrei Kirilenko who hasn’t made up his mind yet, but to Andrey Vorontsevich and Alexey Shved (photo). Vorontsevich, a 24 years old forward, is heading to Oklahoma City Thunder, where former CSKA Moscow player and assistant coach David Vanderpool is now the head of scouting. EuroHoops.net

Shved, also 24 years old, had a break out season and he is in talks with two NBA teams, according to sources from Russia. His decision to leave CSKA Moscow may have to do with his turbulent relationship with coach Ettore Messina from his previous tenure in the team. EuroHoops.net

June 22, 2012 Updates

Tugsavul said there's a chance the seven-foot center returns to Europe and then gives the NBA a try again after one of two years. It's not likely to happen in the Spanish League, though. "I don't know about Spain because we have a very good offer from Turkey and then we will also check the market with CSKA Moscow, see what happens with (Nenad) Krstic there. Right now it's very hard to get a big contract in Spain, so I don't see a big possibility for Semi there." HoopsHype

June 19, 2012 Updates

Steve Kyler: Congrats to my guy Aaron Jackson on his new deal with CSKA... hard work pays off. Hearing the deal is a four-year deal worth $4 mil EURO Twitter

Fran Fraschilla: Looks like 6-9 Russian Andrey Vorontsevich close to signing with Thunder. 24-year old worked out 3 weeks ago. Liked him at past EuroCamps. Twitter

Fran Fraschilla: Vorontsevich went head-to-head with Kyle O'Quinn and Andrew Nicholson at Thunder workout a few weeks ago. CSKA Moscow buyout may be issue. Twitter

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