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Timberwolves, Pekovic Agree To 5-Year, $60 Million Deal

Wizards v/s Timberwolves 03/05/11

The Minnesota Timberwolves and restricted free agent big man Nikola Pekovic have agreed to a multi year deal said to be in the realm of $60 million, reported ESPN this morning.

The 27-year old Montenegrin center had been courted by other NBA teams, but wasn’t extended an offer due to said franchises being wary of the Wolves desire to hold on to Pekovic. Wolves president Flip Saunders had expressed his intention to re-sign him as the team’s number one priority throughout the off season, and seemed ecstatic that the two parties had reached an agreement which will see Pekovic in Minnesota for a further 5 seasons.

“We’re very excited that he’s chosen to continue his career in Minnesota,” Saunders said. “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 frontcourts in the NBA for a long time to come.”

Having already acquired Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer this summer, the Timberwolves are now in a good position to make a big statement in a stacked Western conference, and the Pekovic deal further solidifies the team’s chances of remaining a healthy, competitive force. Pekovic played 62 games last season, averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds a game, showcasing a value in the pick and role as well as well as a huge figure defensively. Should they remain healthy, the Wolves are indeed another threat in the West.

Pekovic will return to the United States from his home in Montenegro before NBA teams resume training camp.

 

 

 



2012-13 NBA Punters Preview – Team Totals, MVP’s and Rookies.

2012-13 NBA Punters Preview – Team Totals, MVP’s and Rookies.

As we fast approach a new season we want to pass on some words of wisdom to you.
We all love a bet, a cheeky punt from time to time and what better time then the start of the  NBA season. We think we have found a few options for you this season.

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NBA Nation Australia’s Preseason Previews: Part 6

Welcome to NBA Season Previews Part 6! Today, we take a look at the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. We’re getting close to opening night, make sure you’re up to date with your team’s preview!

Milwaukee Bucks

How will they do?

It can’t have been that much fun to be a Buck’s fan over the last couple of seasons. They certainly didn’t have bad seasons, but inconsistency hurt them when it counted and they just missed out on a playoff spots. I have a feeling that 2013 will take a similar path. The east is getting tougher across mid table teams. But, the Bucks certainly have the talent to prove me wrong. Without a doubt, the Bucks have one of the most explosive back courts in the game with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, who now with a solid off-season together should be able to gel and cause some issues for opposition defenses. They are undersized though. The trade for Ellis took away one of the leagues best big men in Andrew Bogut, but they have replaced him with Samuel Dalembert, who may not be at the same level as Bogut, but has the experience and size to make a difference. The Bucks also have a couple of wild cards in Luc Mbah a Moute, Ersan Ilyasova and rookie John Henson. Mbah a Moute in particular is a beat on the defensive end and if he can add another dimension to his offense, i can see him making a big difference to this team. If the Bucks are to make a serious run at the Eastern Conference finals a few cards need to fall their way.

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