April 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) dunks to score a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Why The Miami Heat Need To Sign Nikola Pekovic

Nikola “Never Meet This Guy In A Dark Alley.  Like Ever.” Pekovic

Meet Nikola Pekovic, Russian KGB Assassin NBA Center

It was clear that after the Heat — Indiana series, the Miami Heat need some toughness and size inside.  Roy Hibbert and David West roughed up the Heat’s interior of Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem.  Pekovic, is the perfect combination of size, substance, and toughness.

This is him destroying Brandon Knight.  Poor Brandon Knight.

This past season he averaged 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.8 blocks in 31 minutes of play.  He shot 52% from the field and 74% from the free throw line.  Though Pekovic might still be a bit of an unknown (this year was the first year he started every single game), he’s 27.

The only downside is that he’s currently a restricted free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, which means that if Pekovic is offered a contract and the Timberwolves match it, they get to keep Pekovic.  However, this might be tough for the Timberwolves as they have to pay $53 million in salary for next year (the salary cap this year was $58 million), so if a team offers Pekovic $10+ million, it’ll probably take the Timberwolves over the salary cap if they decide to match the offer.

In the end, after making $4.8 million this last season, Pekovic is headed to a big pay day in the offseason.

Luckily for Pekovic, if he signs with the Heat, he won’t have to play the Golden State Warriors (and Harrison Barnes) very often.

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  • Jason Klenetsky

    Sign him, that guy is a beast

    • whatdouknow

      Him and Bosh would be as good as any frontline in the NBA.

  • Jason Stevens

    Wolves have bird rights on him so they can match any offer made to Pekovic even if it puts them over the cap, which will likely happen.

  • Alex Monseth

    No way the Heat can afford him. It would definitely relieve a lot of pressure on Bosh, but he’s simply too expensive.

    • Alex Monseth

      He’s going to be getting top dollar come free agency. And unless the Heat dump Bosh or even Wade as you were hinting at in another article, they wouldn’t be able to afford him. Likely, as with the Batum situation last year, Pek will get a big time deal that will be matched by Minnesota, who could be a playoff team come next season with Love, Pek, Rubio, Williams and the upcoming #9 selection.