Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic: Out indefinitely

Pekovic has been ruled out indefinitely as he continues to recover from surgery on his right Achilles. "Our main concern is for the health of Nikola," Wolves GM Milt Newton said in a press release issued Tuesday. "Our priority is getting him back on the court, playing at a consistent level for a sustained period of time."

Pekovic underwent a debridement and repair of his right Achilles in April 2015, and while he's appeared in 12 games for the Timberwolves this season, he hasn't looked like himself and is clearly still hampered by the injury. The team's press release didn't provide a timetable for Pekovic's return, but he figures to miss several weeks, at the minimum, especially considering the Wolves have no incentive to rush him back as they careen toward a high lottery pick. "While we've made significant strides with Nikola since his surgery, we've come to the conclusion that to ensure he has the best opportunity for sustained success on the court, we need to continue to focus on his rehab and make that the priory," Wolves vice president of sports performance Arnie Kander stated in the release. "We will continue to do that for the foreseeable future with the goal of him returning to the court at the appropriate time."

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