MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves have put the final piece in their offseason puzzle, announcing the club has hammered out a tentative agreement with mammoth center Nikola Pekovic.
While terms have not been released, there are media reports that the deal is $60 million over five years.
"Retaining Pek was our No. 1 priority this offseason and we're very excited that he's chosen to continue his career in Minnesota," said Wolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders. "Thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, Pek has developed into one of the NBA's premier centers and is entering the prime of his career. We envision Pek and Kevin Love being the 'Bruise Brothers' and forming one of the best front courts in the NBA for a long time to come."
The 27-year-old Pekovic continued his development into the upper echelon of NBA centers during the 2012-2013 season, notching career highs in scoring (16.3 points per game), rebounds (8.8 per game) and minutes (31.6 per game).
He became the first Wolves player in over four years to be named Western Conference Player of the Week when he averaged 25.0 points, on 58.9% shooting, and 8.5 rebounds in four contests from April 1-7.
The Wolves originally selected the Montenegro native with the 31st overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
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