Skip to main content

End of an era: Nikola Pekovic waived by Timberwolves

The Timberwolves waive Nikola Pekovic, ending his career with the Timberwolves.

It's a bittersweet end for the Nikola Pekovic era.

Signing the hulking 6'11" 305 pound Pekovic seemed like a good idea in 2013; the power forward was averaging 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game that season.

However, a lingering foot injury shortly after he signed hampered his once-promising career, and now Nikola Pekovic has finally been waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The big man out of Montenegro played in just 97 games with the Timberwolves after signing a five-year, $60 million deal just 4 years ago.

Due to the foot injury, "Pek," as he was affectionately called by Wolves fans, played in just 12 games over the past two seasons, and hasn't stepped on the court since January of 2016.

The Wolves will get significant salary-cap relief from the transaction; Pekovic was set to earn $11.6 million for the final year of his contract next season.

NBA free agency period begins on July 1st. With the Pekovic contract off the books, the Timberwolves will now have more spending power to attract potential free agents this off-season.

Next Up

Peyton Manning John Randle Twitter

What was Peyton Manning doing in Minnesota?

It's apparently for an upcoming episode of his TV show, "Peyton's Place."

covid-19, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 25

The test positivity rate has dropped for the first time since before Christmas.

liz collin wcco youtube screengrab

Liz Collin reveals she is leaving WCCO

"Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories," she wrote in Tuesday's announcement.

jimmy john's rochester antimask rant guy

Video: Man harasses Jimmy John's workers, wishes death on them over mask mandate

"When are you going to start using that brain inside of your head," the man asks.

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines

Michigan writer: 'Don't count out the Vikings' on Jim Harbaugh

Are the Vikings a dark horse to hire Michigan's head coach?

st louis park shooting 1

St. Louis Park PD release photos of vehicle involved in shooting on I-394

A man was shot multiple times as he drove down I-394 last week.

FJ68m4BWYAMdiw-

Perfect 10: Gophers gymnasts make history with two perfect scores

Mya Hooten and Ona Loper were literally perfect on Monday night.

Dean Evason

Tempers flare as Wild hammer Canadiens

Montreal was anything but polite after the Wild picked up an 8-2 victory.

Blaine VFW video screengrab crop N West Twitter

Authorities now looking into MN lawmaker's report of assault

Video shows Rep. Nolan West being grabbed and pushed out of a public event.

TajPharmaImages WIkimedia Commons ivermectin

COVID treatments: Essentia Health to help test 3 existing meds

The clinical trial includes the much-discussed drug ivermectin.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 3.48.57 PM

Suspect crashes into Minneapolis snow plow, fires shots at plow driver

The plow driver was pulled to the side of the road when the incident happened.

Related

End of an era: Nikola Pekovic waived by Timberwolves

The Timberwolves waive Nikola Pekovic, ending his career with the Timberwolves.

Nikola Pekovic out for season

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Friday that Wolves center Nikola Pekovic will not play this season.

Nikola Pekovic's career appears to be over: 'I can't run without pain'

Nikola Pekovic's days with the Timberwolves – and maybe basketball in general – might be over.

Nikola Pekovic's career appears to be over: 'I can't run without pain'

Nikola Pekovic's days with the Timberwolves – and maybe basketball in general – might be over.

Report: Timberwolves will pursue medical retirement for Pekovic

If the Timberwolves are granted the medical retirement, Pekovic's $11 million salary won't count against them next season.

Report: Timberwolves will pursue medical retirement for Pekovic

If the Timberwolves are granted the medical retirement, Pekovic's $11 million salary won't count against them next season.

Where in the world is Nikola Pekovic?

Nikola Pekovic is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Minnesota. The Timberwolves' center has taken advantage of increased playing time and now he's in the starting lineup. All of that has nothing to do with this video to the tune of "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?"

Nikola Pekovic

Report: Family of Nikola Pekovic updates his COVID-19 condition

Pekovic was a fan favorite during his six seasons in Minnesota.