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NBA Free Agency: Timberwolves Will Host Russian Guard Alexey Shved

The Minnesota Timberwolves have made no secret about their want to make a splash in this year's free agency. They've offered contracts to Nicolas Batum, signed Brandon Roy and have also been trying to get Pau Gasol among other moves.

That doesn't necessarily mean that all the moves they'll be making will be big, of course. The Star Tribune reported on Thursday that the Wolves will be 23 year old Russian guard Alexey Shved at some point next week:

Shved, a 23-year-old 6-5 free-agent combo guard, is playing for the Russian national team this week in an Olympic qualifying tournament. Shved said he'd pick an NBA team based on where he'll get the most playing time.

The Russian has said that his decision on where to go in the NBA assuming he gets offered a contract or two will depend on where he feels he will be most likely to get playing time. He'll visit Memphis and Cleveland in addition to Minnesota.

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