Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/6/13
Even after spending $117 million in free agency in July and August Minnesota Timberwolves president of operations Flip Saunders will have another sizable monetary decision to make. Before his third year begins -- Oct. 31 is the deadline -- the Wolves need to figure out if they will pay forward Derrick Williams $6.3 million for the 2014-15 season. In a phone conversation earlier this week spanning a few topics Wolves owner Glen Taylor acknowledged the team isn't quite sure what to do. "We'll evaluate his summer program and how he looks coming into camp (which starts Oct. 1)" Taylor said. "I heard he is looking good." Exercising Williams' fourth-year option is potentially enough to carry the Wolves over the luxury tax and not allow them to sign a free agent for the mid-level exception according to Grantland.com's Zach Lowe. Williams is working out in Los Angeles with trainer Gunnar Peterson who said recently via email that Williams is stronger and more balanced than a year ago. Notes In addition to his $12 million per year base salary center Nikola Pekovic can earn up to $1.6 million per year in incentives. However a number of the contractual bullet-points including league MVP and All-Star game appearance seem unlikely. Pekovic can earn the most in incentives if he plays over 70 games in a season something he's yet to accomplish as he enters his fourth year. After being dismissed from rookie orientation for having a girl in his room Wolves wing Shabazz Muhammad wrote an apologetic letter to Saunders and Taylor. Soon thereafter Taylor sent Muhammad a letter back. "I want to get to know him" Taylor said. "I wrote to him about first impressions."
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