Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  17 responses

Minnesota Timberwolves Confident They’ll Re-Sign Nikola Pekovic

The Timberwolves says they’re finalizing a deal with restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic, though some crucial details still need to be worked out. Per the Star Tribune: “Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Wednesday that president of basketball operations Flip Saunders will travel to New York early next week – as early as Monday – to talk with Nikola Pekovic’s agent Jeff Schwartz in hopes of finalizing a deal for the restricted free agent center. The Wolves have offered Pekovic a four-year offer believed to be worth up to $50 million. Taylor said Schwartz had submitted a counteroffer. ‘We made an offer and they made a counter offer,’ Taylor said. ‘And they decided they should get together and talk about it in person rather than over the phone.’ That said, Taylor indicated that he regarded the Wolves’ initial offer a good one. ‘Our offer wasn’t a negotiating offer,’ he said. ‘Our offer was what we think was a really good offer.’ Saunders will go to New York alone. Taylor said he didn’t think Pekovic would attend the meeting, saying Schwartz had asked the Wolves to deal with him rather than his client. Still, Taylor didn’t seem worried about potential problems getting the deal done, suggesting that adding incentives to the team’s offer might be an avenue to getting the deal done.”

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  • ptarick

    Why didn’t Lakers sign him instead of Chris Kaman? Lakers GM is not trying to be a contender this season i would say because of his actions

  • LLC#12

    There’s no way they could have afforded Pek I don’t think. They’re paying Kaman like a third of what Pekovic will get paid

  • RayJr

    He’s restricted and the Wolves would’ve matched the offer anyways. Pekovic is a must sign for the Wolves.

  • spit hot fiyah

    kind of surprising that not a single team has made him an offer. i know that the wolves can and will match any offer. so why not throw a contract his way that is borderline insane just to cripple minnesota?


    Lock him in. Really good player.

  • LakeShow

    He is not great next to Love. I’d like to see them get a larger, defensive center instead.

  • RayJr

    Like who?

  • LakeShow

    Obviously that’s the problem, but I feel they could have gotten just as much out of a cheap couple old guys like Dalembert, and Camby. Something like that with a young guy too.

  • RayJr

    No way. Pekovic is a beast. He could be an All-Star next season.

  • Busta213

    Neither of those guys could carry the load throught Love’s next inevitable injury lay-off

  • Busta213

    Pek wasnt an option for the Lakers. Kaman is just a rental until the Lakers have cap space again. When they do have space, they’ll be looking for a bigger name/personality than Pek to spend it on.

  • LakeShow

    He won’t be an All star. He is good, but he’s only beast on offense. They NEED an enforcer down low.

  • LakeShow

    Who’s going to stop guys from finishing in the lane?

  • BugEyes

    This dude looks like he built the Egyptian pyramids all by himself lol love this guy

  • retrobat

    Because if it is really insane, Min. will let him go and let the other team become crippled. Simple business logic. They wouldn’t give Pek an 5/yr 80mil contract and neither would anyone else be willing to risk “crippling” Minnesota. Maybe if you backload the contract like Houston did w/J Lin, but even still…it’s a risk.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i hear you. i said borderline insane, i didn’t mean give the guy the max. something like what u mentioned with Lin’s/Asik’s contracts. it’s a risk, but pek is still a very good player. we guys like mcgee and deanre jordan making over 10 mill year because that is their market value. i’m just surprised that not one single team tried something.

  • RunNGun

    Pek is a men among men; big bruiser at 6-11 with a massive crusader standing on top of skulls tattoo. Give him the ball on the inside and watch him plow his way through McGee, Howard, etc. I too am surprised he didn’t get any offers.