Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic was a key cog in the Timberwolves ability to remain competitive in Kevin Love’s absence last year. He posted an average of 18 points and 10 rebounds per 36 minutes during the 2012-13 season.
Going into the offseason, retaining his services was among the top priorities for GM Flip Saunders and the Wolves’ front office.
A month later, Pekovic remains unsigned.
Though both sides have yet to agree on the financial aspects of a new deal, Saunders remains hopefully optimistic, as reported by Star Tribune Minnesota Timberwolves writer Jerry Zgoda.
Flip remains confidnet Pek deal will get down. Asked for a deadline, he said, “Training camp.”
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) August 12, 2013
Training camp generally begins around the first week of October. That gives Wolves’ management a month and a half to get a deal done.
Pekovic is a restricted free agent, so there is always the possibility that if negotiations break down he could choose to just play out the season on the $6 million qualifying offer and test the market next summer.
Should he choose to do so, it would be very interesting to see if he’ll get an offer worth as much as Minnesota’s offers this summer.
As cliched as it might sound, only time will reveal if GM Saunders and Co. are able to work things out with their big man.
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