Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pekovic reached 3 season deal with Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves reached a verbal agreement on a three-year,  $13 million contract with their 2008 second-round pick Nikola Pekovic, two league sources told's Chad Ford.

Pekovic is a big, 6-foot-11 bruising center who has had an impressive  career playing in Greece the past two seasons. Pekovic averaged 14.8  points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in 23 minutes per game for  Panathinikos in Euroleague play last season.  One league source said that had Pekovic been in this year's draft he would have been a top-10 pick.

"He's one of the most dominant big men in Europe right now and I think he  can have an immediate impact in the NBA," said the source.  Pekovic was drafted with the first pick in the second round by the  Timberwolves in the 2008 NBA draft. He was widely regarded as a potential  first-round pick, but slid in the draft thanks to concerns about his  contract situation with Panathinikos. Two years later, it looks like he's  finally headed to the NBA. 

The Wolves' work this summer isn't done. The team will also work hard in  the coming days to re-sign Serbian center Darko Milicic while  simultaneously exploring trades for Al Jefferson, according to sources.

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