After a truly awful 2014-15 season you might think the New York Knicks would be happy to see the back of much of their roster.
But, whilst the majority of players failed to cover themselves in glory last campaign, there were some positive performers out there - 6 ft 6 inch Russian Alexy Shved being one of them.
So today's news that Shved has turned down the Knicks' latest contract offer, and is threatening to take his talents to Europe if no better deal arrives on the table, will only add to the list of knock-backs that a difficult offseason has thrown in New York's direction.
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After bouncing around the league the past couple of years Shved looked in good form down the stretch for the Knicks after arriving from the Houston Rockets. That good form - averaging 16.6 ppg and 5 rebounds during March - means the Knicks want to keep him around.
The player's agent, though, is playing hard ball when it comes to the money required to do just that:
"We didn't get the right number with the Knicks," explained Obrad Fimic. "Maybe next season. We are considering a return to Europe where we have two huge offers."
With the Knicks apparently unwilling to offer close to the $2.8 million room exception Shved is looking for the combo guard's agent is perhaps using the Euro threat in order to spur New York into action.
It is worth noting though that, according to the New York Post, one of the major reasons the Rockets sent him to the Knicks in the first place was because they feared he would head back to his native continent sooner rather than later.
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The Knicks still have a roster spot open and are thought to be keen on retaining the services of Alexey Shved after he averaged over 14 points in 17 games last season.
After losing out on the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Monroe during free agency, to see a player already familiar with their organization turn them down to go back to Europe would be another sign that the Knicks remain a work in progress.