HoopsHype Nikola Pekovic rumors

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Pekovic posted career highs with 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 62 games last season for the Timberwolves. He has spent his first three seasons in the NBA in Minnesota after coming over from playing in Greece, and the Timberwolves want to keep him here. In addition to his polish and nimble feet on the low block, the Timberwolves also view him as an underrated defender against the pick-and-roll sets that dominate the league these days. "I do believe that Pek knows what we have in place, the people we've brought in, that this is a positive place," Saunders said. "I'm confident we'll have a meeting of the minds." ESPN.com

He termed the talks with Pekovic's agent, Jeff Schwartz, as cordial. Saunders has met with Schwartz in person to try to get a deal finished, but with no other offers on the table and training camp still more than a month and a half away, there hasn't been real sense of urgency to get a deal done. "Jeff and I have had very good conversations," said Saunders, who has been adamant since taking over for the fired David Kahn that the Wolves would do whatever it takes to keep Pekovic. "Nothing's been adversarial. There's things that we've agreed upon. There's things we've agreed to disagree upon. I think we're moving in the right direction." ESPN.com

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The Basketball Federation of Montenegro has confirmed that Wolves center Nikola Pekovic will not play in the Eurobasket tournament in September. The news was reported by two Spanish-speaking websites, including sportnando.net. Pekovic, a restricted free agent, has yet to come to terms with the Wolves on a new contract. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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If you take the word of Flip Saunders, the president of basketball operations for the Timberwolves, you can quit worrying about the club signing Nikola Pekovic. Saunders believes it’s just a matter of time before the 6-11 center from Montenegro agrees to a deal with the club. “Yeah, I’m still optimistic,” said Saunders, who plans to travel in the near future to New York to speak to Pekovic’s agent. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 25, 2013 Updates

Glen Taylor was able to persuade free agent Corey Brewer to sign with the Timberwolves with a phone call. But the Wolves owner doesn't feel it will take a personal call to get free agent Nikola Pekovic to re-sign. "I can and I would, but at this point of time, I've not been asked to nor am I inclined to just because I think I know where the contract negotiations are," Taylor said Wednesday. "And it's not at a critical stage or anything like that." St. Paul Pioneer Press

Pekovic is a restricted free agent, meaning the Wolves can match any offer he receives elsewhere. But, surprisingly, there have been no other offers, probably because teams figure the Wolves -- and Pekovic -- are intent on remaining in Minnesota. "I think everybody knows we're going to work it out," Taylor said. If necessary, though, Taylor said he would get on the phone to Pekovic. "I think Pek and I have that type of relationship," Taylor said. "Before he left (after the season), he and I actually had a conversation that if we saw that the negotiations were getting off target, we would call each other and talk. "I know (team president Flip Saunders) will be meeting with the (Pekovic's) agent sometime relatively soon in person, and my guess is that's the time they'll have a really good discussion." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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The Timberwolves and Pekovic have been working on a multi-year deal that would keep the seven-footer in Minnesota for the next four seasons. Sources close to the situation say retaining Pekovic is a virtual lock and all that’s remaining is for the Wolves to finish their offseason. HoopsWorld

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