The Minnesota Timberwolves have said they are expecting their Montenegrin center to re-sign with them in the offseason. It was a breakout year for the 6'11" Montenegrin as he improved his stats all-around from his second season. He posted averages of 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 31.6 minutes per game. The 27-year-old was a starter for Minnesota in every 62 games he played this season.
New Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders also expects the center to stay with the team. Pekovic will become a free agent after his contract will expire in the offseason but Saunders has no doubt he can retain him.
"Pek’s a restricted free agent, so we expect that he’s going to be back,” Saunders said. “We feel he’s a valuable part of where we’re going, and we’ll do what we have to do to try to bring him back. I think Kirilenko’s the same way. Until he exercises his option, we feel he’s a guy that’s going to come back."
Saunders expects the level of interest in Pekovic to be high but also is considering to offer a deal in the region of $5 to $6 million dollars per year.