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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 NBA (16 points and 9 boards a game last season), but he is already 27 years old and isn't exactly gifted with world-class athleticism. The Wolves overpaid. Right?
Probably the best way to figure that out is to take a peek at what Pekovic's contemporaries at the center position are pulling in. And the numbers show that the Wolves pretty much paid the market price for their big man.
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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...
Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic didn’t get the $15 million per season he was seeking, but the bruising double double machine did just get paid.
Marc Stein is reporting that Pekovic and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a five-year $60 million deal.
This just in: I'm told Nikola Pekovic and Wolves have agreed to five-year deal worth $60 million
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine...
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...
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...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Turns out the waiting game paid off for Nikola Pekovic.
Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders tweeted Wednesday the team has agreed to terms with the restricted free-agent center, following about six weeks of back-and-forth with the Montenegrin center and his camp.
Multiple media outlets report the deal is worth 60 million over a maximum five...
Tweet Wednesday, restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic agreed to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a five-year, $60 million contract extension, per a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein. Stein also reports that Pekovic’s contract has no player or team option and includes an additional $8 million in performance incentives. The Timberwolves offered Pekovic a four-year […]
The Wolves today finally reached agreement with restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic on a new contract.
It is according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations a five-year $60 million contract that also includes as much as $8 million more in bonus incentives.
The Wolves got Pekovic at their price -- no more than $12 million a year -- but gave a fifth guaranteed year...
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 the...
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...
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?
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...