Why Nikola Pekovic's days in Minnesota are numbered
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a rebuilding franchise, and that means any veterans playing on a sizable contract should probably have their bags packed.
Such is the case with Nikola Pekovic, a center who signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013. Between Minnesota being expected to draft either Jahlil Okafor or Karl Anthony-Towns with the first overall pick in June's draft and Gorgui Dieng's existence, all signs point to Pekovic being on his way out the door.
"Minnesota had enough incentive to move on from Pekovic even before it won the draft lottery. The big man's durability concerns make him unreliable in the starting rotation. In his five years in the NBA, Pekovic has never played more than 65 games in a single season. Even if he makes a full recovery from Achilles surgery and is ready to go by the season opener, how certain can the team be he'll hold up all year, given his history?"
The injury history combined with Minnesota's frontcourt depth, his one-dimensional play and a heavy contract are all signs that point to one scenario: Pekovic has already played his last game in a Timberwolves uniform.
(h/t: Bleacher Report)
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