Philadelphia’s Alexey Shved has hoped to continue his NBA career as an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, but the Russian guard will instead strongly consider returning to Europe where he has received outlines for multimillion dollar offers, league sources told RealGM.
Shved was dealt to the 76ers in the summer after two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he has shown glimpses of the scoring and ball-handling that impressed many around the league in his rookie season of 2012-13.
In 17 games this season, Shved has averaged 9.9 points, 2.7 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 40 percent field-goal shooting. Through early December, Shved had been one of four NBA players with a usage shooting percentage over 26, total shooting percentage over 55 and an assist percentage over 36 — joining Stephen Curry, Jeff Teague and Dwyane Wade.
Nevertheless, Shved has lost enjoyment for his current situation due to low minutes. The 6-foot-6 product averaged nearly 23 minutes as a rookie, but just 10.5 per game a season ago. Despite being one of their most productive players this season, the 76ers have played Shved only 16.8 minutes a game. Before dealing Shved to the 76ers, the Timberwolves scanned several other teams interested in him, including the Indiana Pacers, league sources said.
If he ultimately returns to Europe as a free agent, Shved, 26, would recoup significant minutes and a lucrative offer comparable to, if not higher than, his NBA value.
Shved went unselected in the 2010 NBA Draft, but he signed a guaranteed three-year contract with the T’Wolves in 2012. As a rookie, Shved participated in the Rookie-Sophomore Rising Stars game at NBA All-Star Weekend. He played for CSKA Moscow before joining the NBA.