HoopsHype Nikola Pekovic rumors

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Saunders said Friday that contract negotiations continue to progress with arguably the best free agent left on the market, albeit slowly as the team and Pekovic’s representatives work toward middle ground on a four-year contract that is expected to pay him at least $12.5 million a season. “I think there’s a misconception, at least when I read Twitter,” said Saunders, who has sworn off tweeting himself but still follows along. “People think he can go pretty much where he wants to go. We have the ability to sign Pek, so we expect he will be back.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The Timberwolves have made a formal contract offer to restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic and waived two players in preparation for Wednesday’s end to the NBA moratorium period. According to league sources, the Wolves made an offer to Pekovic on Friday and expect to receive a response early this week. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Saunders also said he is in touch with center Nikola Pekovic, who was extended a qualifying offer by the Wolves on Thursday. "We're having communication with 'Pek'," Saunders said. "We can't sign him, but we're going to talk with his representatives and see where they're at. He knows where we're at and what we're trying to do." Saunders has said repeatedly that retaining Pekovic is an offseason priority. St. Paul Pioneer Press

June 27, 2013 Updates
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When the free agent-market opens Monday, the Wolves have a star center, Nikola Pekovic, 27, who will become a restricted free agent -- the same as was Batum last summer. Re-signing Pekovic is the Wolves' top priority, and the team intends to do it. St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's unclear whether the Trail Blazers would consider signing Pekovic to an offer sheet as retribution for Batum or whether a signing would merely be business in the NBA. At the least, however, Pekovic's free-agent status makes the Wolves vulnerable for payback from Portland, which could make Minnesota overpay considerably to retain their popular 6-foot-11, 290-pounder. I asked Wolves owner Glen Taylor on Tuesday if he's aware of the possibility. "Yep, we think about that," Taylor said. Taylor is a billionaire. Portland owner Paul Allen is a billionaire 15 times over. It's unclear whether Allen is a vindictive sort. "I don't know if they would do that or not," Taylor said of the Trail Blazers. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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