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While much of the NBA has started to play small ball, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going big.
In giving center Nikola Pekovic a five-year deal that could be worth more than $60 million with incentives, the Timberwolves are bucking a trend that has started to take over the league. With traditional centers harder to find, many teams are playing small with power forwards at center.
Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders says the only reason teams play small these days is because big men are so hard to find. Saunders calls Pekovic one of the top three low-post centers in the league.
Pekovic says he always wanted to stay in Minnesota, where he started his career three seasons ago. He says his goal is to play all 82 games.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Even though he grew up on the other side of the world, Nikola Pekovic was never a stranger to the freshwater fishing culture of Minnesota.
The Timberwolves center learned how to handle a pole at a very young age, navigating the lakes, streams and rivers of what's now northeastern Montenegro. Carp and trout are among the region's native game, not unlike what...
The not-so surprising news has come out that the Minnesota Timberwolves have re-signed restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic. What is surprising to some is the amount of dough the rugged center got - a rumored $60 million over 5 years.
$12 million a year for Nikola Pekovic?! Sure, he's a nice player who's shown constant improvement over his three seasons in the...
The Timberwolves finally re-signed forward Nikola Pekovic after prolonged negotiations this offseason and a general lack of interest in the restricted free agent market. The Wolves apparently scared everyone off from making an offer to Pekovic with their threat to match.
What the Timberwolves did do is sign Pekovic to a five-year, $60 million. That is a hefty price and showed...
Flip Saunders made clear the signing of Nikola Pekovic will not prevent the Minnesota Timberwolves from extending Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.
"This signing of Pek will in no way hinder anything having to do with Rick down the road or with Kevin," Saunders said. "We've got three cornerstones in the franchise that all complement each other, which is very important...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The prospect of sitting half a world away and watching their centerpiece point guard play 11 games in 18 days, all while his teammates prepare for training camp, has to draw a cringe from some NBA general managers.
Not Flip Saunders.
"I like players to play," the Timberwolves president of basketball operations said. "That's how you get better....
Wolves center Nikola Pekovic received a big payday last week. His deal is worth $60 million over the next five years, which raised some eyebrows. Pekovic is a very good player, but Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love will become free-agents over the next two seasons respectively.
The question Minnesota has to answer is will they be able to keep Rubio and Love both happy in Minnesota?
Minnesota Timberwolves: Nikola Pekovic Signing Grade
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Contract: 5 years, 60 million
- The Timberwolves just signed one of the best centers in the NBA, who is only 27 and just averaged, 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 rebounds per game, which was 6th in the league, to an incredible contract averaging just 12 million per year...
There are just no words to explain David Kahn at this point. While it’s a ton of fun to pile on to Alex Rodriguez, the NCAA and Jets quarterbacks, few figures in sports are as reliable whipping boys as Kahn, the former president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves. From 2009 to 2013, Kahn navigated the T-Wolves straight into the ground. And every new story that...
Former T’Wolves GM David Kahn may never work in basketball again because of the choices he made during the 2009 NBA Draft.
Kahn and the T’Wolves had three of the first 18 picks of the draft, and wanted to put talent around Kevin Love.
Minnesota selected Ricky Rubio at No. 5, Jonny Flynn at No. 6, and Ty Lawson at No. 18, but then eventually traded Lawson to Denver for a pick...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders locked up a lot more than Nikola Pekovic's long-term services Wednesday.
He formally anointed the precise direction in which the Timberwolves are headed.
After nine struggling seasons, that's a tall job to complete in just 3 12 months as the team's president of basketball operations. But immediately after his hiring, Saunders, coach Rick...