It’s been a while since the fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves last saw center Nikola Pekovic play for their team. Last season, the team shut him down after just appearing in 12 games due to a foot injury, which has troubled him throughout his NBA career.
Now, there’s an update about his recovery, and it’s not promising at all.
“He’s in town. He’s been in town the last few weeks. He worked out in front of Wolves personnel last week. He is still not ready physically.”
Pekovic last played back on Jan. 31 of this year in a loss to the Portland Trailblazers. He has not showed the same type of game he had after a breakthrough season in 2013-2014 in which he finished third in voting for the Most Improved Player award. After that season, the 6-foot-11 center was rewarded with a contract extension with the T’Wolves for five years, $60 million.
With a new head coach in Tom Thibodeau to impress and frontcourt additions like Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill to compete with, it will be very hard for the former 31st overall pick of the 2008 draft to regain his minutes in an already crowded rotation that features the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng and Kevin Garnett.
When he comes back and plays again, it will require the 30-year-old to play the best games of his career to prove to the Timberwolves’ top brass that he still deserves the roster spot and the huge contract he signed two years ago.