Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota's President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders will be traveling to New York next week (as early as Monday) to meet with Nikola Peković's agent (Jeff Schwartz) and try to resolve Pek's contract.
The Timberwolves have already made a 4-year, $50million offer, which would pay Nikola an average of $12.5million annually. In my opinion that's an incredibly good offer and with no other team able to offer anything else very close (excluding the frontcourt-heavy Milwaukee Bucks).
Considering Nikola has openly stated that he wants to be in Minnesota and his agent has been adamant that he wants Minnesota's front office to deal only with him and not contact his agent (Pek); this seems more like his agent trying to get a bit more money to line his own pockets. That's pure speculation and it could very well be 100% false, but it's a possibility.
The Wolves made their offer and Jeff Schwartz made a counteroffer. According to Owner Glen Taylor (in a recent interview), the offer Minnesota made was not a negotiating offer as they feel it's a very good offer (as do I).
The one 'chip' Peković's agent hold is the threat of Nikola taking his $6.1million qualifying offer and then become an unrestricted free agent in 2014. Ultimately, I (and nearly everyone else) believes Peković will be back in Minnesota for 2013-14 with a brand-new contract, finalizing a busy offseason for the Minnesota Timberwolves that saw Luke Ridnour traded to Milwaukee, signing free agents Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer & Ronny Turiaf, re-signing Chase Budinger, drafting Shabazz Muhammad & Gorgui Dieng, while trading Malcolm Lee to Phoenix and waiving Brandon Roy, Greg Stiemsma & Mickaël Gelabale.
That's all for now, stay tuned for updates on Peković early next week. Thanks for reading!
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