Flip Saunders breaks news of Nikola Pekovic's re-signing on Twitter [UPDATE]
|With social media-savvy guys like Flip running the show, who needs beat reporters?|
We live in a world where general managers of professional sports teams break news of their own team's major contract agreements on Twitter.
Here's what Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders tweeted moments ago:
Contract negotiations with Pekovic, a restricted free agent, had dragged on for more than a month, fueling speculation that Pek and the T-Wolves have reached an impasse.
#wolvesnation. We have agreed to terms with Pek.-- Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders) August 14, 2013
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The news broken this afternoon by Saunders means T-Wolves fans are now hoping and praying they'll see less of this next season from the injury-prone big man...
:::: UPDATE ::::
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Pekovic got a very sweet deal from Flip and the Wolves:
This just in: I'm told Nikola Pekovic and Wolves have agreed to five-year deal worth $60 million-- Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 14, 2013
Sources with knowledge of deal say contract will also include up to $8 million in additional incentive-related bonuses for Pekovic-- Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 14, 2013
In other words, Pek's contract is barely less lucrative than the 4-year, $62-million extension signed by a pouty Kevin Love in early 2012.
Initial indications are it's a straight-up deal for Pek and Wolves for five seasons with no options for either side-- Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 14, 2013
Pek and Love share the same agent, and since most basketball observers agree that Love is a more valuable player than Pekovic, Wolves writer Jerry Zgoda had to ask:
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So...who is Kevin Love's new agent?-- Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) August 14, 2013