Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms in principle with restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Terms of the contract were not officially released, but Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune cites sources that say it's a five-year deal worth $60 million.
"Retaining Pek was our No. 1 priority this offseason and we're very excited that he's chosen to continue his career in Minnesota," saidteam president of basketball operations Flip Saunders. "Thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, Pek has developed into one of the NBA's premier centers and is entering the prime of his career. We envision Pek and Kevin Love being the 'Bruise Brothers' and forming one of the best front courts in the NBA for a long time to come."
Pekovic, the 31st overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft, averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds this past season for the Timberwolves, with both those marks accounting for a new single-season high.