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Coach Flip Saunders said after Tuesday’s practice that Pekovic is out the rest of the week not because of that troublesome sore ankle but because of a sprained right wrist sustained in Saturday’s loss at Dallas. Saunders said managing Pekovic’s soreness and pain in his ankle/foot is an ongoing issue, but said his absence for games against the Knicks, Spurs and Kings is due to the wrist injury. He said Pekovic will be evaluated early next week. NBCSports.com
Andy Greder: #Twolves center Nikola Pekovic missed Monday's practice for personal reasons, coach Flip Saunders said. Twitter @twolvesnow
Minnesota Timberwolves big man Nikola Pekovic took the day off from training camp on Thursday as the team looks to reduce the wear and tear on him that has led to injuries the last two years. Coach Flip Saunders says they plan to give Pekovic days off here and there during camp. It's all part of a goal to keep one of the league's best offensive centers on the floor for the entire season. Pekovic has missed 48 games in the last two seasons due to injury. His bruising style often leads to nagging injuries, so Saunders says he's going to do a better job of managing Pekovic's work load. USA Today Sports
Young said he's glad to be playing with Pek and not against. "I bumped him in a game last year & he did not move!" Twitter
The Wolves have regularly fielded inquiries about whether Love, Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio are available, but that hasn't changed from a year ago. Even with those players, the Wolves have not become a playoff team. St. Paul Pioneer Press
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