When the Rockets dealt guard Alexey Shved to the Knicks at the trade deadline, the club did so believing that he was likely planning a return to Europe next season, an NBA source tells Marc Berman of the New York Post. However, Shved, a pending free agent, says that’s not the case.
“I don’t know who said this,’’ Shved said regarding rumblings that he’d be heading overseas next season. “But I’ve never said this. I’m not thinking about that. I want to stay here.”
Shved, 26, didn’t get much playing time in Houston but he’s seeing decent minutes in New York (10.0 minutes per contest through six games) and he says he’d like to make a future with the Knicks. From the Knicks’ perspective, they have to be pleased with the 6’6″ guard’s skill set and his ability to succeed in the triangle offense. Shved obviously won’t be retained at his current salary of $3.5MM, but president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills will be evaluating him for the remainder of the year and could look to re-sign him at a more reasonable price.
In six games for the Knicks, Shved is averaging 10 points, 2.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per night. The Rockets sent Shved and second round choices in 2017 and 2019 to the Knicks for guard Pablo Prigioni last month.
Teammate Andrea Bargnani was also asked about his own level of interest in returning to Italy after the season and he made it clear that he wants to remain in the NBA, Berman writes.
“Absolutely, I don’t see this question at this point,’’ he said angrily. “What’s the point of the question at this point of season? But yeah, I want to play in the NBA.’’
Bargnani has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, playing just 119 games across the last four years and just eleven games this season. Still, the big man has scored at least 17 points in four of the last five games and hit for 25 twice, including Wednesday’s loss to the Pacers. Like Shved, Bargnani is slated to hit the open market this summer.