Originally written July 25, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been a month since the Timberwolves extended a qualifying offer to Nikola Pekovic. Nothing. It's been 17 days since they presented Pekovic's camp an actual, feasible extension (the qualifying offer was merely a formality). Nothing. And 15 days ago, Minnesota's mammoth Montenegrin entered open restricted free-agent season, free to sign any offer sheet from a team in search of an able-bodied center that can score (16.3 points per game last year), rebound (8.8) and slide over to provide effective help defense. Nothing. While most other big-name free agents have signed or re-signed, all is quiet on the Pekovic front -- or the eastern one, geographically speaking, as Pekovic's agent Jeff Schwartz operates out of New York. No deal has been reached, but no outside offers have come, either. President of basketball operations Flip Saunders hasn't broached the topic deeply. Schwartz won't return calls or emails. Timberwolves owner Glen Ta...
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