Originally written on Pass The Pill  |  Last updated 10/20/14
The  Minnesota Timberwolves have offered restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic a 4 year, $50M contract extension. With no teams making him any better offers, many are wondering why Nikola Pekovic hasn’t already agreed to re-sign with the Timberwolves with such a big contract offer on the table. Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has put forth an interesting explanation for why an agreement between Pekovic and the Timberwolves hasn’t happened yet: The Wolves theoretically could offer Pek a five-year deal to give him extra security, but it doesn’t sound like the concept has been discussed, probably for a couple reasons: Pek is prone to nagging injuries so the Wolves likely wouldn’t want to commit an extra year, but this is also interesting: Schwartz, as I mentioned, also reps Love, who still is bitter about not getting the five-year “designated player” contract offer two winters ago. How would Schwartz explain to Love that he couldn’t get him a five-year deal while getting Pekovic one? Tricky position for him to be in. Schwartz also probably is feeling pressure to deliver big for his client for a couple reasons: Pekovic was expected to be a hot commodity on the free-agent market even though he is a restricted free agent but that big offer never come. Schwartz is in the same position with new client Brandon Jennings, who appears to be the biggest loser in this year’s free agency. image from sbnation.com In other words, it sounds like Pek’s agent is hoping for a better deal to come along and that he can keep all of his other clients happy as well. It certainly is an interesting theory put forth by Zgoda that I certainly think could very well explain why Pekovic hasn’t yet signed with the Timberwolves. But the key word in all this is “yet”, because at the end of the day it does seem to be highly likely that Pekovic does return to the Timberwolves next season and in the process have a long-term deal with the team secured. In a recent interview on NBA TV, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said (as transcribed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune): “My sense is, I think we both know he’s going to be playing for our team next year,” Taylor said. “I think we’re just dealing with an element time of here. I would tell you I’m very positive that he’ll play for our team. What we have left isn’t something that can’t be resolved. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of pressure on us or him to get it done. A meet has been set up in the future. “I’m confident it’ll get done. I’ve been through so many of things. You say, `It’s just money, Glen.’ I think we’ll get it done. He’s an important part of our team. He wants to be back and we want him here.” While Taylor is highly confident about Pekovic re-upping with the team, the longer this drags out, the more drama there is going to be in Minneapolis, and the more likely it is that Pekovic finds work elsewhere. Many people who follow the Timberwolves believe re-signing Nikola Pekovic is the most important move  the Timberwolves can make this offseason, even with the addition Kevin Martin. With that in mind, it sounds like Taylor better be a bit more urgent about getting Pek signed, since if they don’t get him re-signed, his departure would be a pretty big punch to the gut of the organization. —Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord  The post Update On The Nikola Pekovic Situation In Minnesota appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Fan in critical condition after being beaten before Bears game

Ben Roethlisberger rips the media

Tim Tebow: Gators don't have offensive leadership, lack heart

Colts punter asks Antonio Brown not to kick him in face

NFL: Luke Kuechly should not have been ejected

Report: Okla. St. players fell asleep in drive-thru, arrested

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Mike Pettine considered benching Hoyer for Manziel

Percy Harvin speaks out: 'I'm not a perfect person'

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

Alleged details of War Machine's suicide letter released

Blackhawks make leukemia patient's dream come true

College football's post-Week 8 Playoff projection

Ortiz surprised military families with World Series tickets

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Floyd Mayweather posts photo evidence of a lost bet

WATCH: Paul George takes court for first time since leg injury

Five most surprising NFL players through seven weeks

WATCH: Boxer viciously attacks referee at Euro Championships

WATCH: Salvador Perez hassles Lorenzo Cain at media session

Lane Kiffin trashed in Tennessee political ad

WATCH: Lawrence Timmons throws up on field during MNF

10 NBA players who could be traded by the All-Star break

Timberwolves News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Ben Roethlisberger rips media

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Pistorius sentenced to five years

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Angry Jimbo Fisher cuts off interview

Is Kobe's deal hurting the Lakers?

Tenn. coach tried to trip Ole Miss CB?

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.