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Nikola Pekovic can earn an additional $1.6 million per year if he meets all (somewhat unlikely) contract incentives

Sep 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass AP

Nikola Pekovic eventually signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Timberwolves this summer, after the negotiation process took a little longer than expected.

It was reported that Pekovic was seeking as much as $15 million per year in his new deal, which was obviously a place that the Timberwolves weren’t willing to go, and didn’t need to considering Pekovic’s status as a restricted free agent.

Pekovic was able to get some incentives built into his latest deal, so it’s possible he can earn more than the money he’s guaranteed over the life of the contract. But some are more likely to be achieved than others.

From Darren Wolfson of

In addition to his $12 million per year base salary, center Nikola Pekovic can earn up to $1.6 million per year in incentives. However, a number of the contractual bullet-points, including league MVP and All-Star game appearance, seem unlikely. Pekovic can earn the most in incentives if he plays over 70 games in a season, something he’s yet to accomplish as he enters his fourth year.

Pekovic isn’t getting a league MVP as long as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and a whole host of other guys are still alive, and an All-Star appearance is a tenuous possibility, at best.

But if he can remain healthy — which is only in a player’s control up to a certain point — the incentive is there for him to receive a little extra cash for taking extra-good care of himself physically over the course of the season.

  1. biasedhomer - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    He could definitely make the AllStar team. I think he still has room to grow, and with a healthy Love, Pekovic’s life on the floor should be easier.

    • imakcds - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      people shouldn’t underesimate his value on the court.

  2. cameltoews - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Look likes a lets get him in the all star game voting campaign about to be launched

  3. imakcds - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    He’s a Man Mountain that can catch the ball, walk and breathe at the same time.
    EVERY team needs one.

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