"RealGM: Did the departure of Alexey Shved, who left the team and signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves surprise you? Vatutin: No, not at all. For sure he deserves this. I don’t know if he’s ready or not. I think he’s ready mentally. He’s young and life in Russia and the States will be the same for him. In the NBA, Alexey can be useful on offense, but he’s absolutely not ready to play defense. I think the Timberwolves will give him a chance. [Ricky] Rubio is injured; therefore Alexey will get some playing time.