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Alexey Shved To Play In Russia

THURSDAY, 8:08am: The deal is official, the team announced (on Twitter; hat tip to Pick). It’s for three years and $9MM, writes Aris Barkas of, while Pick hears that the deal makes Shved the highest paid player in Europe (Twitter link).

WEDNESDAY, 10:23am: Alexey Shved has decided to head back overseas, and he’ll sign a three-year deal with Khimki Moscow, reports David Pick of (Twitter link). The deal will include NBA outs, though presumably an NBA contract this summer is out of the question for the guard whose negotiations about a new deal with the Knicks didn’t seem destined to produce an agreement.

Agent Mark Bartelstein told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork this week that it was unlikely the native of Russia would re-sign with the Knicks, while Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that none of New York’s three offers approached the $2.184MM room exception amount that Shved sought. Obrad Fimic, Shved’s overseas agent, said to the Tass news outlet in Russia that three NBA teams offered him a deal, though it’s unclear who the other two teams were.

Shved found himself traded three times in six months during the past year after he spent the first two years of his NBA career with the Timberwolves. He went to the Sixers in the Kevin Love trade, to the Rockets in the Corey Brewer swap, and arrived in New York as part of a package in exchange for Pablo Prigioni. He saw his most significant playing time while with the Knicks, averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 26.4 minutes per game across 16 appearances.

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