Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders told reporters on Monday that center Nikola Pekovic will miss the remainder of the season due to injury.
Counting Monday night's game against Utah, the Wolves have just nine games remaining.
The hope was that Pekovic, who has been bothered by a sore ankle throughout parts of the last two seasons, would be able to help lead the Wolves young core through the post-Kevin Love transition.
However, Pekovic's ankle didn't respond like the Wolves had hoped.
The news doesn't come as a surprise. Pro Basketball Talk notes that he hasn't played since Mar. 11.
Pekovic averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Wolves on 42.9 percent shooting in those 31 games. Pekovic's contract runs through 2018 and he will make $12 million for this season.