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Updated: July 10th, 2012 2:37pm
Wolves agree to terms with Alexey Shved, will play game in Winnipeg

Wolves agree to terms with Alexey Shved, will play game in Winnipeg

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Timberwolves once again have dipped into the international ranks to upgrade their roster.

On Tuesday, they agreed to terms with Russian shooting guard Alexey Shved, the Associated Press reported. Terms were not immediately available.

Shved, 23, has spent the past seven seasons playing for Russian pro teams, most recently CSKA Moscow, for which he averaged 11.6 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in Euroleague play last season. He's listed at 6-foot-6 and 190 pounds.

The Wolves already have several international players in the rotation -- Ricky Rubio (Spain), J.J. Barea (Puerto Rico) and Nikola Pekovic (Montenegro).

According to the AP, the Wolves may delay the announcement of Shved's deal because they're still talking to Portland about a trade for French swingman Nicolas Batum and might need to clear cap space to facilitate the deal.

Exhibition in Canada

The Wolves will play the Detroit Pistons in a preseason game on Oct. 24 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg as part of the inaugural NBA Canada Series.

They also have exhibitions scheduled Oct. 13 against Chicago and Oct. 16 against Maccabi Bazan Haifa at Target Center. The full preseason slate has not yet been announced.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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