HoopsHype Nikola Pekovic rumors

October 5, 2013 Updates

Referring to Pekovic, Love said, “We both talk a lot off the court, so we damn well better be able to talk on the court. Pek, I think sometimes he has that thick accent, so sometimes it’s hard to understand it. We’ll make him more vocal. We need to get him talking. It’s one thing I need to get better at. Some of the guys just aren’t the loudest guys in the world, but we’re going to help them out and it helps the rest of the team, too.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 21, 2013 Updates

What was the best move by Minnesota this summer? Ricky Rubio: There's been a lot of good moves, but (Nikola) Pekovic was a very important piece for us. (Chase) Budinger is a key player for us. Kevin Martin will give us extra scoring punch. He's been with coach (Rick Adelman) for several seasons scoring 20-plus points, which means his system works for him. What about Corey Brewer? RR: I like that one too. (Andrei) Kirilenko was taking this team to another level defensively and with him leaving, it's good to have Corey Brewer, who can also give us that. HoopsHype

September 19, 2013 Updates
September 6, 2013 Updates

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. 1500 ESPN

September 2, 2013 Updates
August 17, 2013 Updates

But the big man who on Friday celebrated five years’ job security and a $60 million guaranteed payday by wearing nearly all black never sweated the small stuff when negotiations stalled — until the Wolves offered a fifth year so Pekovic’s side would accept the team’s $12 million salary ceiling. “I always knew it was going to get done,” he said at a Friday news conference that officially presented him and the new deal. “I was not nervous. I think my agents were more nervous, that’s for sure. They were calling me, like, ‘Calm down, calm down.’ I said don’t worry, I’m fine.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Agent Jeff Schwartz suggested they look around for another team to make a massive offer that never came — perhaps partly because Pekovic wasn’t interested and partly because the Wolves made it clear they were committed to matching any offer he might receive. “I just feel comfortable here,” Pekovic said Friday. “Since I got here, everybody’s really nice to me. You go out for dinner, wherever you go, everybody is nice. People asked me, ‘Where will you live?’ I don’t want to go to bigger city. I just like it here. I like everything. I like the community. I know it’s a little cold in the winter. You just get used to it. “I just feel very comfortable here and that’s why I said I really like to stay here. And also the fishing is great.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

August 16, 2013 Updates
August 15, 2013 Updates

Schwartz represents both Pekovic and Love, who into last season remained bitter about not getting a five-year extension with a four-year, $61 million-plus contract he signed in January 2012. Saunders said he talked to Love about Pekovic’s contract situation as recently as Tuesday. “We talked about a lot of things,” Saunders said. “More than anything, Kevin wants to win. As we talked about Pek, he just said, ‘You have to do what you have to do.’ I think Kevin really knows and believes I’m going to have a certain way I’ll do things. I don’t know what has been done in the past. I really don’t care.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

August 14, 2013 Updates

The Wolves today finally reached agreement with restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic on a new contract. It is, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, a five-year, $60 million contract that also includes as much as $8 million more in bonus incentives. The Wolves got Pekovic at their price -- no more than $12 million a year -- but gave a fifth guaranteed year to get the deal done. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

In a statement released by the team, Saunders said, "Retaining Pek was our No. 1 priority this offseason and we're very excited that he's chosen to continue his career in Minnesota. 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 front courts in the NBA for a long time to come." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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