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NBA Free Agency: Alexey Shved Has Offer From Timberwolves, Wants Playing Time

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been linked to Russian guard Alexey Shved in free agency for good reason: the Wolves are looking for backcourt help and, if Shved's game translates to the NBA like some think it will, he and Ricky Rubio would make a dazzling tandem.

The latest out of his camp is that he has offers from three teams, including Minnesota. The key is that he wants playing time, via R-Sport:

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."

Shved is playing for the Russian national team in Venezuela in Olympic qualifiers and he says he will "probably travel to the U.S. straight after the tournament." If Rick Adelman and David Kahn tell Shved what he wants to hear, perhaps he will provide what the Wolves are looking for.

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