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Flip Saunders sets training camp as a deadline for Timberwolves to sign Nikola Pekovic

Aug 12, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

Nikola Pekovic AP

The Tiimberwolves remain at a standstill in terms of contract talks with restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic, but the team remains committed to the belief that they will be able to re-sign him at some point before next season.

When we last checked in on the situation, the two sides seemed fairly far apart, with Pekovic’s camp wanting up to five years at $15 million per, while the Timberwolves were thinking in more of the $12 million per year range, and possibly for only four seasons.

Pekovic’s restricted status, along with the fact that he’s struggled with a history of injury lead us to believe that Minnesota has every right to be confident that they’ll close the deal eventually. As far as when that might happen, Timberwolves president Flip Saunders doesn’t seem to be in any rush.

From Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

That might have been a bit of a flippant response from Saunders there (no pun intended), meaning that there is no hard and fast deadline as long as Pekovic is in a Timberwolves uniform by the start of next season.

  1. jabronikid - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    He’s the cousin of Zangief the Street Fighter

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      BINGO! I’ve been trying to figure out who he resembles for a while now.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    You’re just not worth that much Pek, as good as you are. Get over yourself dude and hurry to sign up and be a part what could be a special team with you in the mix. Wolves gonna make the Playoffs for the 1st time since the Big Ticket days…but if Pek isn’t there, I’m not so sure about that.

    • allday2k - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      Couldn’t agree more.

  3. rgledz - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    No! He looks like one of the villains in Super Man II. Google it.

  4. bleedtwincitiessports - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I like Pek, but this is one of the ways I stop liking players! I know it’s a business, but, dude your 4yr/48mil deal that’s on the table is a very good deal! Take it and let the wolves more forward! It’s been a few weeks since the offer, we’re not giving you 5yr/ 60mil, get it?

  5. monkeyhateclean - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    at this point, the wolves are bidding against themselves. the smart play would be to drop their offer to a 10 mil/4 year deal. that will force pek to take the 1 year/$6 mil exception, leaving some $30+ mil of GUARANTEED money on the table, and pray that he has a decent year, so teams will care about him in 2014.

    the truth is, no one will care about him in 2014 when there will be far better players available. pek will be lucky to get splitter money, and his agent will have screwed over his third high profile client; love, Jennings, and pekovic.his career will be all but over.

  6. sire2334 - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I worked in an NBA front office not too long ago. I’ve seen them all (players). You have no idea how intimidating this dude is to be next to. I’m sure he’s a great guy but wow. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to believe that most PF’s and Centers are of the same species as the rest of us…lol.

    • denverhoopdreams - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Okay, while there is a chance you worked in an office, it is highly unlikely it was with the NBA. Maybe a Kinkos? And the reason I’m saying that is based on what you stated, alone. Are you some kind of man child?

  7. shanelsweet - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Last year, Javale McGee got $44 for 4 years. He seems a lot more marketable because he’s fun to watch, but I’d rather win with Pekovic. There’s plenty of room to settle between $48 and $75 whenever Flip wants.

  8. allday2k - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    “That might have been a bit of a flippant response from Saunders there (no pun intended)”
    Lol don’t lie. Its pretty obvious that pun was intended. Clever though.

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