HoopsHype Nikola Pekovic rumors

January 24, 2014 Updates

Unconvinced at first, Pekovic now calls himself a believer in “baby reaches” and “bear walks” that, among other methods, have helped balance his body’s major muscles with its smaller ones. They’ve also helped him reach the halfway point of this season without a missing a game on a new five-year, $60 million contract that adds incentives for games played. “Until now it helps,” Pekovic said. “I think this is the biggest stretch — 40 games I already played — and it’s first time I don’t got any injury. For now it really helps. Some things you can’t avoid, if you turn an ankle or something. But I can really see my body is accepting it really good. I can see that it really helps my body. I’m more flexible. I’m moving better.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Under certain rules, if a player re-signed with his team this past summer while receiving a raise of at least 20 percent — and the team is over the cap — the player cannot be traded until January 15, 2014. Eight players meet that criteria: Tony Allen — Memphis Grizzlies; Chase Budinger — Minnesota Timberwolves; Cartier Martin — Atlanta Hawks; Timofey Mozgov — Denver Nuggets; Nikola Pekovic — Minnesota Timberwolves; J.R. Smith — New York Knicks; Tiago Splitter — San Antonio Spurs; Brandan Wright — Dallas Mavericks. HoopsWorld

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Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic, the lynchpin of Montenegro's national team, has pledged to return to the fold and silence critics who accused him of skipping EuroBasket 2013. "I had private commitments that I had to take care of. It was my top priority, in summer I completed something I've fought and worked for during my whole life in basketball," Pekovic told Voice of America in an interview, referring to the new contract he signed with the Timberwolves in August. "But from now on nothing can prevent me from rejoining the national team in future campaigns," Pekovic said. TalkBasket

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And Pekovic, the physical center, still is looking for his place in the offense. “When you have all the shooters, I need to try to fit in,” he said. “I can’t see as many balls as I did last year.” Pekovic is quick to add he’s not unhappy about this. He understands Love is the team’s first option and that Martin needs his shots, too. All Pekovic wants to do, he says, is win. He just needs to find out how best to help the team do just that. “It will come all together,” Pekovic said. “It will be fine. … I know everybody is doing everything in their power to make my life easier. And I’m doing everything to make their life easier.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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So naturally, I wanted to put that theory to the test. Is that, in fact, the generally agreed upon totem pole these days? It doesn't appear to be the case. I asked six front-office executives, reached via text message and granted anonymity to inspire honesty and avoid tampering charges, to rank the best centers in the NBA. The results: Executive No. 1: Marc Gasol, Noah, Lopez, Hibbert, Howard, Omer Asik. Executive No. 2: Howard, Gasol, Noah, Hibbert, Cousins. Executive No. 3: Howard, Gasol, Hibbert, Noah, Andrew Bogut, Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh, Al Horford Executive No. 4: Noah, Gasol, Hibbert, Anderson Varejao, Howard Executive No. 5: Howard, Gasol, Nikola Pekovic, Noah, Lopez Executive No. 6: Howard, Lopez, Gasol, Tim Duncan, Noah, Cousins, Jonas Valanciunas. USA Today Sports

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

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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

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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

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