Nikola Pekovic signs five-year deal with Minnesota
The last big player left on the free agent market has now officially signed, as Nikola Pekovic signed a five-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. The deal is worth $60 million over the five years.
Pekovic was a restricted free agent, meaning that the Timberwolves would be able to match any offer another team made to him. But as TwinCities.com reports, no team even made an offer to Pekovic.
Flip Saunders, the Timberwolves’ new president of basketball operations, said that he thinks the Wolves’ aggressive approach toward signing Pekovic, along with the fact that he was a restricted free agent, led to nobody making him an offer.
The five year $60 million deal is a great one for both sides. Pekovic gets the maximum amount of years, and will make $12 million a year. But the Timberwolves really made out, reports CBS Sports, when you consider the market value for a quality center (Al Jefferson signed a deal worth $13.5 million a year).
Pekovic, 27, is a very good center as he averaged over 16 points per game last year and just under nine rebounds per game. Pekovic and Kevin Love make up one of the best starting front-courts in the Western Conference, and make the Timberwolves a legitimate playoff contender for years to come.