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Nikola Pekovic | Center | #14

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 307
College: Montenegro
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (1) / MIN
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The Timberwolves waived Nikola Pekovic on Tuesday.
The last time Pekovic was able to take the court was January 6 of 2016, and it's looking like that might end up being his final NBA game, as he hinted back in December that he was contemplating retirement. Assuming calling it quits is the next step, he will end his career with averages of 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Jun 20 - 5:13 PM

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Wolves owner Glen Taylor said Nikola Pekovic's career is likely over.

"I don’t think so," Taylor said. "I mean, that’s for him and his doctors but just listening to what the doctors have told me and what he has said, I’m not expecting it in our plans going ahead. We won’t rely on him." Pekovic hinted earlier this season that he may retire from the game of basketball due to chronic ankle injuries, so this shouldn't catch anybody by surprise.
Apr 9 - 9:54 AM

Nikola Pekovic hinted that he may retire from the game of basketball.

"Two years ago I struggled with my injury, I was mentally exhausted," Pekovic said. "This year I was there for two months, I tried to do everything possible, but there are times when you simply can’t. I can not run without pain." Pekovic has already been ruled out for the 2016-17 season, but he has one year left on his deal and is owed $11.6 million in 2017-18. It's a sad turn of events for Pekovic and the chances of him playing in the NBA again appear to be very slim.
Source: Eurohoops
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:59:00 AM

The Timberwolves officially announced that Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) will not play during the 2016-17 season.

Previous reports suggested that it is "highly doubtful" Pekovic will play again in the NBA due to his chronic ankle injuries. Insurance will cover his salary for this season, and the Wolves will likely negotiate a buyout for the $11.6 million he's owed in the final year of his deal in 2017-18. Minnesota signed free agents Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill this summer, improving their depth despite the loss of both Pekovic and Kevin Garnett.
Source: NBA.com
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 10:15:00 PM

Nikola Pekovic (foot) is "highly doubtful" to play again in the NBA, according to the AP's Jon Krawczynski.

This report also confirmed Pekovic will not play this season, and insurance will cover the Wolves on Pek's contract. He has one year and about $12 million left on his deal, so there might be some sort of buyout agreement. He's 30 years old and has played just 43 games combined in the last two seasons.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 11:56:00 PM

Owner Glen Taylor said Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not play for the Wolves this season and the team may buy him out.

This isn't surprising to hear as the Tom Thibodeau era takes over. Pekovic just can't stay healthy anymore and it's already been announced he won't be ready to start camp. If he's bought out, another team might pick him up as a third center.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Tom Thibodeau said that Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not be ready to participate during training camp.

Pekovic's career may be a wrap considering that he barely played in 12 games last season, and even with a full offseason to recover, he's still not ready. Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng are the future in Minnesota, and guys like Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill will be picking up most of the reserve minutes for the Wolves, so there's really no reason to draft Pek in any setting.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Nikola Pekovic has been working out in Minnesota over the past few weeks, but he's "still not ready physically," according to Sam Wolfson of ESPN 1500.

Pekovic only managed to get on the court for a total of 12 games last season, and the last time he played was a 16-minute stint on January 6. The fact that he's had nine months to recover and is still not close is certainly concerning, and given that Minnesota will be forced to pay him roughly $23.7 million over the next two seasons, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see the franchise waive him. The emergence of Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng has rendered Pek an afterthought in Minnesota.
Source: ESPN 1500
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:01:00 PM

The Wolves want Nikola Pekovic to report early for training camp "so the doctors and everybody can work with him," according to team owner Glen Taylor.

Pekovic was shut down in February due to a persistent Achilles injury, and he hasn't been healthy for years. "We’re going to try to get him in here early to make sure he’s in physical shape and look at that foot and make sure it doesn’t reoccur again," Taylor said. Even if Pekovic is healthy enough to earn a spot in the rotation, his fantasy appeal has been decimated by the arrival of Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Nikola Pekovic (foot) is out indefinitely in order to continue his Achilles rehab.

The Timberwolves want Pek to work on strengthening calf muscles in order to take pressure off his foot and are hoping he will be able to return this season. It would be a surprise to see that happen as the Timberwolves are lottery-bound, so Gorgui Dieng will continue to reap the rewards of Pekovic's absence.
Tue, Feb 23, 2016 01:00:00 PM

Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

We're listing Big Pek as out indefinitely until we hear otherwise. His health is a real long-term issue and it's questionable whether or not Pekovic will be able to successfully continue his NBA career.
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 01:05:00 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Saturday.

He is out indefinitely and probably won't be back this month. Pekovic can remain on all wires.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 03:05:00 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

He isn't going to return any time soon and isn't even close to being on the fantasy radar.
Fri, Feb 19, 2016 02:06:00 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

He hasn’t done anything of significance this season and can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 03:00:00 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.

Pek may just be getting an extra day of rest during the break, but this is not an encouraging development. He underwent surgery to correct his chronic ankle problems, but has only appeared in 12 games all season. With Pek and KG both ailing, more playing time is available for Gorgui Dieng.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 08:32:00 PM

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