Timberwolves, Nikola Pekovic agree on new contract
The Minnesota Timberwolves and restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic have agreed to terms on a new contract.
The deal is reportedly worth $60 million over five years and Pekovic could earn up to an extra $8 million in incentive-related bonuses, says ESPN. The T’Wolves third-year star from Montenegro hopes to continue his string of improving each season he has played (which has happened in part to an increase in minutes each season). He averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season, according to USA Today.
“Retaining Pek was our No. 1 priority this offseason, and we’re very excited that he’s chosen to continue his career in Minnesota,” team president Flip Saunders said. “Thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, Pek has developed into one of the NBA’s premier centers and is entering the prime of his career. We envision Pek and Kevin Love being the ‘Bruise Brothers’ and forming one of the best frontcourts in the NBA for a long time to come.”
The 6’11″ Pekovic has formed a dominant combination with Kevin Love, when Love has been healthy, and the two will continue to give Minnesota a strong team effort inside the paint.
Bringing Pekovic back into the fold seems to be the last key piece for the Timberwolves this off-season. They have had a busy summer, signing Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer, resigning Chase Budinger, and picking up two first round draft picks.