He has so many arms!*
This morning, we had this tweet from @sportsruenglish, a Russian sports website saying that Alexey Shved was going to become a member of the Wolves:
Then, I sent out our field reporter Andrew Renschen (@infraren) retroactively (or you know… he was tweeting with the agent of Shved on his own before a lot of this even broke… believe whichever version you’d like) to see if he could extract any information from Shved’s agent Obrad Fimic.
That twitpic of Shved is sitting just outside the Target Center. And our friend Jon Krawczynski from the Associated Press confirmed that Alexey Shved will sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The announcement of the deal has to wait until the Nicolas Batum madness is over when Portland decides to match or not match the deal, and whether or not a sign-and-trade will happen. The Wolves presumably have to clear a contract to get this done if Batum is coming to the team.
Terms of Shved’s deal aren’t known yet. They could be using the “Room Mid-Level exception” (the MLE available to teams under the salary cap) but that would only allow for a two-year, $5 million deal to be made. It’s probable that Shved’s contract is more in the three-year, $9-12 million range, which means somebody has to go. Shved is a guard with the ability to play both the 1 and 2, so maybe it makes Luke Ridnour expendable if he has to be moved to another team or included in the sign-and-trade for Batum that could happen.
Regardless, the Wolves are adding a guy that can definitely team up with Rubio and any guard the Wolves employ in the backcourt. He’s a very good shooter with the ability pass the ball at a high level. He’s pretty long for his 6’5″ frame and has really good athleticism. The knock on him is he’s not exactly very strong, so defending shooting guards at the NBA level will be a chore until he’s able to get stronger. He’s just 23 years old and has really shined in international play over the past couple years. He’s also a bit quirky, sometimes showing some weird mannerisms and facial expressions on the court.
This isn’t a move that puts the Wolves over the top but another incremental step toward having competent players at every position.
Here’s the latest highlights from Shved during the Olympic qualifier tournament this past week.
* – Alexey Shved may or may not have eight arms.