Pekovic, Wolves Agree To Deal



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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – You can finally close the door on the free agent summer of 2013 now that restricted free agent big man Nikola Pekovic has agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves (as first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.com and confirmed by Wolves boss Flip Saunders).

Pekovic was the last big name on the marquee without a deal this summer, a group headlined by now Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul.

By locking up Pekovic long-term the Timberwolves are now set with a core of All-Star power forward Kevin Love, Pekovic in the middle and point guard Ricky Rubio as the headliner in the backcourt. That’s an excellent place for Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman to start with his playoff plan for the 2013-14 season, provided all of his major players stay healthy. Love missed all but 18 games last season with injuries and Rubio played in 57 games as he returned from knee surgery of his own.

Pekovic emerged as a low-post force for the Timberwolves last season, averaging 16.3 ppg and 8.8 rpg while starting in all 62 games he played in last season. A skilled, 6-foot-11, 290-pounder, Pekovic is the ideal counterpart to pair with Love, whose range extends beyond the 3-point line. They’ll form a dynamic inside-out big man duo for a Timberwolves team that has legitimate playoff aspirations next season.

Signing Pekovic was work Saunders needed to get done as well. After a busy summer that saw them add quality veterans like Corey Brewer, Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin and Ronny Turiaf, keeping Pekovic from unrestricted free agency next summer was an absolute must. Even more important, a deal with Pekovic gives the Timberwolves some much-needed security at the center position going forward.

13 Comments

  1. rafuuu says:

    instead of signing kaman why lakers didn’t took pek instead?

  2. Albert says:

    ibaka , tyson chandler , noah dont do what he does.. noan great but not a good scorer, neither chandler . Ibaka not a center..

  3. ac says:

    Good for him. He’s a great competitor. If everybody’s healthy, Wolves will be good and fun to watch.

  4. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    WOW…He is not worth 5 year 60 million dollar deal!

    Ibaka, Tyson Chandler and Noah didn’t even get that much…

    • Joe says:

      You’ve never seen him play if you don’t think he’s worth it.

      • LBJKIN6JAMES says:

        I’ve seen him play, he’s almost 300lbs, no real skill, just a lot of power. I’d have given him 4 year $44 million…He only averaged a career high in points and rebounds last year because he was playing for the contract money… he wont be as motivated next year to play as good as he did last year .

  5. bball says:

    One of the few real “big” men today, in size and style of play. Awesome to see him fight.

  6. Tuwon says:

    Wolves are gonna be great , hopefully they can get in 8-6 seed