The Minnesota Timberwolves have retained one of the NBA’s top centers. Marc Stein of ESPN reported on Wednesday afternoon that the T-Wolves have re-signed Nikola Pekovic to a five-year, $60 million contract. The 27-year-old, who has spent his first three years in the league with Minnesota after coming over from Greece, averaged career highs in both points (16.3) and rebounds (8.8) last season.
To go along with Pekovic, the Timberwolves have the game’s best power forward – Kevin Love. They also signed shooting guard Kevin Martin this offseason, and with Ricky Rubio running the point, the team looks playoff-bound. Yet, while Minnesota may seem talented on paper, it is unclear whether they can turn a 31-win season around so quickly.
The 6-foot-11 Montenegro native was selected by the T-Wolves with the 31st overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, and has worked his way up from a reserve role to becoming a dominant starter.