While most of the top free agents have already signed with teams, Nikola Pekovic still doesn’t have a contract. The Minnesota Timberwolves are willing to keep the center around but the negotiations have taken a lot of time. Wolves’ GM Flip Saunders will be traveling to New York in order to meet with Pekovic’s camp and try to iron out the issues.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Wednesday that president of basketball operations Flip Saunders will travel to New York early next week – as early as Monday – to talk with Nikola Pekovic’s agent Jeff Schwartz in hopes of finalizing a deal for the restricted free agent center.
The Wolves have offered Pekovic a four-year offer believed to be worth up to $50 million. Taylor said Schwartz had submitted a counteroffer.
“We made an offer and they made a counter offer,” Taylor said. “And they decided they should get together and talk about it in person rather than over the phone.’’
It seems that Pekovic is hoping to receive a max offer from someone, but that’s very unlikely to happen, especially considering that most teams have already used up their cap space.