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After a sophomore slog in which his stats and his sentiment suffered, Timberwolves shooting guard Alexey Shved has accepted his new job duty as a point guard. "It doesn't matter -- point guard, shooting guard," said Shved after the Wolves' first minicamp practice before the Las Vegas summer league. "I just want to play." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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For those who missed the memo, the summer of 2015 is a large priority for quite a few teams because of Kevin Love. The T'wolves star can opt out of his deal at that time, and first-year team President Flip Saunders is well aware that missing the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season would certainly not help his campaign to keep him in town. Translation: The T'wolves should be on the personnel prowl. Among their players thought to be available are point guard J.J. Barea, forward Dante Cunningham and guard Alexey Shved. USA Today Sports

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Shved knows, it, too. When discussing his early-season woes with reporters, he explained without provocation that he doesn't want to leave the team that signed him as a free agent in July 2012. But he wants to see the floor, too. "I have preference to stay here," Shved said in his thick Russian accent, "but if I want to play more, I've got to work more." Fox Sports North

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Shved knows, it, too. When discussing his early-season woes with reporters, he explained without provocation that he doesn't want to leave the team that signed him as a free agent in July 2012. But he wants to see the floor, too. "I have preference to stay here," Shved said in his thick Russian accent, "but if I want to play more, I've got to work more." Fox Sports North

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Kevin Love is on deck to be recruited to New York in 2015, and that's among the reasons the Timberwolves are so determined to make deals to climb deep into the playoffs these next two years. Young Minnesota players Derrick Williams and Alexey Shved are available in deals for veterans to help these T'wolves now, league executives told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

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Now Turiaf unknowingly has joined the chorus, encouraging the second-year Russian guard to play with more joy and less concern for his errors while coach Rick Adelman just wants Shved to become more “engaged” when he’s playing off the ball. “If Alexey smiles, everything else takes care of itself,” Turiaf said. “If he doesn’t smile, he’s a different player.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Now he is a year wiser and stronger — “I make muscles,” he says — even if the wiry 6-6 combo guard still weighs the same starting a season when he no longer has fellow countryman Andrei Kirilenko by his side. “He’s my great man, my good friend and he really helps me,” said Shved, who says he still talks to Kirilenko every other day after his pal signed with Brooklyn last summer. “But he has his life and I have my life.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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