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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."
Saunders discussed the Pekovic deal with Love, who himself was not offered a maximum-length extension before last season.
"More than anything else, Kevin wants to win," Saunders said, "and as we talked about Pek, (Love said) you have to do what you have to do. As Kevin knows, I think he really understands and believes that I haven't been here for things that have been done in the past, and I don't care."
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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?
In case you were wondering what Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio was doing during his summer break, he is practicing with Spain’s national team.
During one of those practices, Ricky decided to hoist up a half-court shot that found the bottom of the net:
Ricky Rubio working on his shot [Reddit NBA]
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...
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....
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...