2013 NBA Free Agency: Minnesota Timberwolves Confidently Offer Nikola Pekovic Official Contract

By Ryan Heckman


Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

To continue their busy offseason, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made two roster moves in order to clear room for the return of Nikola Pekovic. As a restricted free agent, Pekovic had a qualifying offer extended to him by Minnesota, but has received interest from other teams as well, namely the Atlanta Hawks.

Well, the Timberwolves appear to want him back badly — and justifiably so. According to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Minnesota has offered him an official contract:

“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.

“On Sunday, they waived center Greg Stiemsma and swingman Mickael Gelabale in two salary-cap moves designed to clear space to allow them to sign free agents Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger as well as bring back Pekovic on a four-year deal that likely will be worth $12 million a year or more.”

In bringing back Pekovic, the Wolves would continue their dominance in having the number one rebounding front court in the entire NBA. Kevin Love is one of the best in the business, assuming he’s healthy, and Pekovic averaged over eight rebounds a game last year.

With everything the Wolves have done so far this summer, they are putting themselves in great position to make a playoff run in 2013. They have addressed shooting first and foremost, and have also grabbed to promising young players via the NBA Draft in Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng.

Look for the Wolves to make some noise next season, especially if they can get this big man back in Minnesota. They will be a force to be reckoned with. Laugh at me now, but wait until next spring when Minnesota has launched themselves into the postseason — you won’t be the one with the last laugh. I can assure you that.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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