Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 7/2/12

Andrei Kirilenko moved another step closer to a return to the NBA this past weekend, but by the time this long offseason and free agency frenzy is all said and done Kirilenko may not be the most coveted player fleeing CSKA Moscow.

That honor just might belong to Alexey Shved.

Last weekend, new CSKA head coach Ettore Messina made it perfectly clear the writing on the wall that he faces with his new team in Russia. A sizeable portion of the roster he inherited is now NBA bound featuriing Kirilenko, Shved, Nenad Krstic, Ramunas Siskauskas and Andrey Vorontsevich.

The Brooklyn Nets and Kirilenko still have a shared interest in working toward a deal, but an expected contract extension between the Nets and free agent Gerald Wallace may have changed those plans significantly.

The Boston Celtics own the Bird Rights to Krstic.

Vorontsevich and the Oklahoma City Thunder have a reported verbal contact in place and Siskauskas -- the 33-year-old 6-foot-6 swing guard -- is on a few front office radars around the league.

And then there is Shved.

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