Minnesota Timberwolves: Owner Glen Taylor Optimistic Nikola Pekovic Will Re-Sign

By Ryan Heckman


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The Minnesota Timberwolves are still waiting on center Nikola Pekovic to accept an offer that the team placed on the table a little over a week ago. The restricted free agent big man was given a 4-year contract offer worth roughly $50 million, in which Pekovic’s camp then countered.

It isn’t understood just what the counter offer was, but Pekovic is expected to be retained nonetheless. He has been one of the biggest priorities for new general manager Flip Saunders and owner Glen Taylor.

Recently, Taylor expressed his desire and confidence to have the seven-footer back in Minnesota.

“My sense is, I think we both know he’s going to be playing for our team next year. I think we’re just dealing with an element time of here. I would tell you I’m very positive that he’ll play for our team.

“What we have left isn’t something that can’t be resolved. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of pressure on us or him to get it done. A meet has been set up in the future.”

Pekovic has been a huge part of the team since his emergence a couple of seasons back and he’s established himself as a legitimate option in the paint, offensively. With point guard Ricky Rubio at the helm, Pekovic is in line to shine even more if he returns.

“I’m confident it’ll get done. I’ve been through so many of things. You say, `It’s just money, Glen.’ I think we’ll get it done. He’s an important part of our team. He wants to be back and we want him here,” Taylor reiterated.

The Wolves are just waiting on Pekovic to express his sentiments publicly while he awaits other teams’ potential offers. So far, the market hasn’t been to big on him, probably due to the Wolves’ large offer already on the table. It’s only a matter of time until Pekovic is on the floor in Minnesota once again.

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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