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