April 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) scores a basket against the defense of Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Wolves Nikola Pekovic Receives Qualifying Offer

The Wolves extended a qualifying offer (the qualifying offer?) to free agent center Nikola Pekovic, thereby making him a restricted free agent and allowing the Wolves the option to match any offer he should receive from silly, petty, and vindictive owners from Portland or their hapless, center-less, former-peer group desiring the mammoth Montenegran fill it.

The gist of this process is as follows… from the new collective bargaining agreement:

To summarize, a restricted free agent essentially has five options:

– He can accept his prior team’s qualifying offer, play for one season, and become a free agent again the following summer.

– He can accept his prior team’s maximum qualifying offer (if applicable, and if one has been submitted) and play under a long-term contract at the maximum salary.

– He can negotiate a new contract with his prior team that is independent of the qualifying offer or maximum qualifying offer.

– He can sign an offer sheet with another team through March 1, which his prior team is given the opportunity to match.

– If he doesn’t sign a qualifying offer, a contract, or an offer sheet for one year, his prior team can submit a new qualifying offer (or maximum qualifying offer), and the player becomes a restricted free agent again the following offseason.

Sooooooo…. glad that’s out of the way. Little housekeeping done before the big night. Nice one, Flip.

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