For weeks now, Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders has said the team will do whatever it takes to retain restricted free agent, Nikola Pekovic. What it will take, is a lot of money.
Now obviously out of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, the Atlanta Hawks have mass amounts of money to spend and are looking towards Minnesota’s big man in hopes of creating a front line which would consist of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and the aforementioned Pekovic.
Jerry Zgoda expects the offer sheet to come soon:
Even with agreements tonite w/ PMillsap and DCarroll, Atlanta still is most likely of those spurned by DH-12 to make Pek a big offer.
Thankfully for Minnesota, they do hold the cards in the scenario, despite how expensive they may become as they can match any offer.
Coming into free agency, the Hawks had enough cap room to sign two max players though in the past day they signed both Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll which ate up about $10.5 million of that space. That still leaves plenty for Pekovic though and that’s what the Hawks are counting on.
How much becomes too much for Pekovic?