Pekovic (ankle) was waived by the Wolves on Tuesday.
Pekovic, who was ruled out for the entirety of the 2016-17 season due to right ankle pain, has battled injuries throughout his career. He's never played more than 65 games in a single campaign and (discounting this past year) averaged 45.2 games played per season. It seems very likely that his NBA career is over, as it's doubtful that someone would take a chance on him unless it was for minimum salary. Pekovic's career numbers stand at 12.6 points (on 51.8 percent shooting) and 6.7 boards across 24.9 minutes per game. From Minnesota's perspective, the move opens up a roster spot and could allow them to pursue additional talent in the free agent market if they decide to be buyers.
Pekovic (ankle) was officially ruled out for the season Monday.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor intimated last week that Pekovic wouldn't play during the 2016-17 season while he continues to battle recurring right ankle pain, likely stemming from April 2015 Achilles surgery of the same leg. Pekovic returned from that procedure to play in just 12 games last season before he was shut down after the ankle pain proved too much for him to overcome. While the Timberwolves noted in Monday's announcement that Pekovic will be evaluated for future seasons, it's quite likely that the 30-year-old may not be able to play at the NBA level again. Look for the Timberwolves to buy out the remaining two years of his contract before the season begins in order to open up a roster spot for another player.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Friday that Pekovic (Achilles) won't play this season and will likely have the remainder of his contract bought out, WCCO News Radio 830 reports.
Pekovic was a consistent double-double threat for the Timberwolves from 2011-12 through 2014-15, but he was never able to truly recover after requiring surgery on his right Achilles in April 2015. He returned from the procedure last January, but played only 12 games before enduring a setback with the Achilles. With the injury still bothering him heading into training camp and not likely to improve over time, it appears the 30-year-old's playing career will come to a premature end, according to John Krawczynski of the Associated Press. While the Wolves' insurance policy will cover the remaining two years and $23.7 million on his contract, it's expected that he'll be waived in the near future to open up a roster spot for another player.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday that Pekovic (Achilles) won't be ready for the start of training camp, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Pekovic was able to resume working out earlier this month, but it's clear the big man is still suffering from the effects of his April 2015 surgery to repair his right Achilles. He was limited to 12 games last season before suffering a setback with the Achilles and being shut down for good in February. Though Pekovic is owed $23.7 million over the next two years, the Timberwolves appear to have abandoned hope of him contributing again, as the team went out and signed Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich this offseason to serve as the backups to Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns, respectively. With that in mind, don't be surprised if the Timberwolves waive Pekovic before the season begins in order to open up a roster spot.
Pekovic (Achilles) has resumed working out but is "still not ready physically" to return to the court, Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports.
Pekovic is back in Minneapolis working out with Wolves personnel in preparation for the upcoming season, but he's still bothered by the Achilles/foot issues that have limited him to only 43 games over the last two seasons. It's certainly not good news for Pekovic, who, even if healthy, will have trouble carving out more than a minor bench role this season given the presence of Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng. That said, with the regular season nearly two months away, Pekovic still has time to display significant progress.
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."
Pekovic (ankle) has been ruled for Monday's game against the Celtics, Timberwolves play-by-play announcer Alan Horton reports.
This will be the eighth straight game Pekovic will miss due to the foot injury, and with Kevin Garnett also ruled out, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng will once again consume most of the frontcourt minutes. Pekovic's next opportunity to return will be Wednesday against the Raptors.
Pekovic (foot) will not play in Saturday's game against the Knicks, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
Pekovic is dealing with a foot injury and despite the extended time off with the All-Star break, he'll miss his seventh straight game. Kevin Garnett is also expected to sit out with a knee injury, so the Timberwolves will likely have to rely on both Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng for increased minutes in the frontcourt.
Pekovic (foot) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Memphis.
Even with the extra time off during the All-Star break, Pekovic will not be available for Friday's matchup. Kevin Garnett has also been ruled out, so the Timberwolves will likely be relying on Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng to shoulder most of the minutes up front against the Grizzlies.
Pekovic (foot) is considered doubtful for Friday's matchup with Grizzlies.
Pekovic missed the last five games heading into the All-Star break and is now in danger of his missing his sixth straight after failing to practice Wednesday. If he ends up getting ruled out for Friday's tilt, it doesn't bode well for his chances to play Saturday night against the Knicks, either.
Pekovic (foot) did not practice Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Pekovic has missed the last five games due to a setback to his surgically-repaired foot. Since he wasn't ready right after the All Star break, it sounds like this could be a long-term problem.
Pekovic (foot) will not play Wednesday against the Raptors.
As expected, Pekovic will remain out Wednesday, marking his fifth straight absence as the Wolves head into the All-Star break. Pekovic remains without a timetable, though with more than week off on tap, he would figure to have a decent chance to return when the Wolves resume play next Friday (Feb. 19) against Memphis.
Pekovic (foot) will not play Monday against the Pelicans, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis reports.
Pekovic will miss a fourth straight game, meaning Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns will again pick up a few extra frontcourt minutes. Pekovic should be considered questionable for Wednesday's matchup with Toronto, though with the All-Star break looming, the Wolves may opt to hold Pekovic out to avoid irritating the injury.
Pekovic (foot) is doubtful to play in Monday's game against the Pelicans, Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com reports.
Pekovic has missed the last four games, as he continues to recover from a foot injury. Pekovic joins Kevin Garnett (knee) as players likely going to sit out, which means extended frontcourt minutes for the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng. If Pekovic does indeed sit out, his next opportunity to take the court would be Wednesday versus the Raptors.
Pekovic (foot) has been ruled out Saturday against the Bulls.
He has missed the last three games with a foot injury, and even prior to the injury he was playing fewer than 15 minutes per game. Developing players like Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng, both of whom are already better two-way players than Pekovic, will be the team's primary focus going forward. His next chance to play will be Monday against the Pelicans.
Pekovic (foot) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
If he is officially ruled out, this will be the third game in a row Pekovic will miss due to foot soreness. However, given that Pekovic has been buried in the frontcourt rotation this season, his absence has had little-to-no impact on the minutes distribution.
Pekovic (foot) will not play in Wednesday's matchup with the Clippers, Timberwolves radio announcer Alan Horton reports.
Pekovic is missing his second consecutive game due to foot soreness, which was expected since he was listed as doubtful to play. He hasn't had much of a role this season so his absence won't impact the lineup much. Looking ahead, his next opportunity to play will be Saturday against the Bulls.
Pekovic (foot) is considered doubtful to play Wednesday against the Clippers.
Pekovic is still battling soreness in his right ankle, and at this point, it seems likely he'll miss a second straight game as the Wolves finish out a back-to-back set against the two Los Angeles teams. The burly veteran has seen only a reduced role since returning from an Achilles injury last month, and closed January averaging just 13 minutes of floor time.
Pekovic (foot) will not play Tuesday against the Lakers, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
A sore foot forced Pekovic out of Sunday's loss to Portland after playing just six minutes, and he'll now sit Tuesday night with the soreness still persisting. Pekovic has seen a reduced, bench role since returning from an Achillies injury early last month, and he closed January with averages of just 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13 minutes per game. Pekovic should be considered day-to-day, but with the Wolves playing a back-to-back against the Clippers on Wednesday night, his status for that game would also appear to be in jeopardy.
Pekovic is doubtful to play Tuesday against the Lakers due to soreness in his foot, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
This is the first we are hearing about an injured foot for Pekovic, but Minnesota will probably be cautious with their big man in order to avoid a lingering injury. His minutes have dipped recently due to Gorgui Dieng's stellar performance. He is going to have to earn his way back into a more prominent role in the rotation, so this injury is certainly not a great starting point. If he cannot go Tuesday as expected, his next opportunity to return will be Wednesday versus the Clippers.
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