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 latter part of this week practicing...