Chad Ford reports
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 ESPN.com’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.
Excellent signing by the Timberwolves. I am very excited to see Pekovic play at long last. I’ve hearing and reading glowing reports on him for a couple of years now.
According to those reports, Pekovic will be one of the strongest (physically) players in the NBA. He has a very effective low post game that is based on power and strength rather than footwork. Is a talented rebounder but unfortunately a poor defender … so he should fit right in with Minnesota’s other big men.