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MINNEAPOLIS -- Directing traffic and slicing through frontcourt double teams inside the Target Center Lifetime Fitness center Wednesday afternoon, Alexey Shved gave off every impression of a seasoned NBA veteran.
Relative to most of his current workout buddies, the Timberwolves guard fits that description.
But it was just four months ago that an overused Shved trudged wearily out of the same building for the final time in his rookie season, itching to load up his belongings and return to his native land. It was an eye-opening 2012-13 season for the charismatic, soft-spoken Russian, one he was admittedly ready to step away from.
The itch to return, however, has since reemerged in full force.
"After last game, I just think about taking my bags and going back to Moscow," Shved said. "After two or three weeks, you start missing basketball.
"How you can live without basketball, I don't know."
As part of his offseason regimen, Shved's spending the la...
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrei Kirilenko won't leave the Twin Cities many signature moments to remember him by, but that isn't because the veteran small forward didn't make a difference during his one season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The man nicknamed after a gun just operates more like an M-16 than a bazooka.
The guy they call AK-47 takes a knack for steady, persistent...
MINNNEAPOLIS -- It's merely a formality, but Chase Budinger surely can rest a bit easier tonight.
After celebrating his agreement to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves back on July 2, the unrestricted free-agent small forward made it official Friday. The team announced it's signed him to an undisclosed salary, though media reports say he'll make 16 million over three...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The NBA's salary cap for the 2013-14 season is now set, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are sitting fairly pretty as free agency officially opens.
The league Tuesday night set the cap at 58.678 million and announced a luxury tax level of 71.748 million. The league-wide July Moratorium ends at 11:01 p.m., when draft picks and free agents are allowed to sign contracts...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Luke Ridnour is headed back to Milwaukee, Corey Brewer returning to the Twin Cities, and the Timberwolves now should be able to welcome Kevin Martin into the fold.
According to multiple media reports, Brewer and Minnesota have agreed upon a three-year, 15 million deal. In order to clear the necessary cap space, the Timberwolves plan to send Luke Ridnour to Milwaukee...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Welcome back to the start.
When the Target Center emptied for a final time during the 2012-13 season April 17, the needs for the team sauntering off the floor were readily apparent.
Get healthy. Get bigger. Get deeper. Get shooting. Get defense.
Get better. Much, much better.
Since then, a front-office regime change has brought an aggressive roster-building approach...
AK-47 must have really wanted to get out of Minnesota.
After opting out of a $10 million salary with Minnesota, Kirilenko will get the Nets mini-mid level of $3.1 million, per source.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the rare NBA diehard in Minneapolis who considers three weeks without pro hoops a purgatorial layoff, it's a midsummer oasis in Vegas.
For the more casual observer, it's a first glimpse into top draft picks' outlook at the next level.
For 13 men who, for at least the next 10 days, will wear matching Minnesota uniforms, it's a proving ground.
The Nets have been busy this offseason, and they’ve added one more name to the list of new talent – Andrei Kirilenko.
Brooklyn reached a deal with the former Timberwolves forward on a two-year, mini-mid-level exception, according to The New York Post. Kirilenko will now make $3.18 million next season, a surprising pay cut seeing as he opted out of the final year of his contract...
The second best center on the free agent market appears to have finally locked up a new deal as the restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic is reportedly nearing an agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski writes that Pekovic and the Timberwolves are "getting closer" on a four year deal in the $50 million range.
It is a little weird...
Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told reporters Friday that assistant Bill Bayno has agreed to join the Toronto Raptors staff.
Bayno, 51, had worked under Rick Adelman since the Timberwolves' head coach was hired in 2011. Bayno now joins Dwane Casey's staff in Canada, where he's expected to concentrate primarily on defense.
Andrei Kirilenko didn't land a lucrative, long-term deal, but he will join a franchise with zero fear of taking on an extreme financial burden.
According to Kirilenko's agent, Marc Fleisher, the Minnesota Timberwolves small forward of exactly one season will sign with the spendthrift Brooklyn Nets. The 11-year pro opted out of the second year of his contract in Minneapolis...
According to Yahoo! Sports, talks between the San Antonio Spurs and free agent Andrei Kirilenko have ended.
The San Antonio Spurs' exploration of acquiring free-agent forward Andrei Kirilenko in a sign-and-trade agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves has passed without completion, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Spurs seriously considered a multiyear...