Little birdies and stuff from the other daily’s Sid…
Glen Taylor was able to persuade free agent Corey Brewer to sign with the Timberwolves with a phone call. But the Wolves owner doesn’t feel it will take a personal call to get free agent Nikola Pekovic to re-sign.
“I can and I would, but at this point of time, I’ve not been asked to nor am I inclined to just because I think I know where the contract negotiations are,” Taylor said Wednesday. “And it’s not at a critical stage or anything like that.”
The 6-foot-11, 290-pound Pekovic, 27, played for $4.8 million last season, when he averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 62 games. He can expect a four-year extension worth about $50 million.
Pekovic is a restricted free agent, meaning the Wolves can match any offer he receives elsewhere. But, surprisingly, there have been no other offers, probably because teams figure the Wolves — and Pekovic — are intent on remaining in Minnesota.
“I think everybody knows we’re going to work it out,” Taylor said.
If necessary, though, Taylor said he would get on the phone to Pekovic.
“I think Pek and I have that type of relationship,” Taylor said. “Before he left (after the season), he and I actually had a conversation that if we saw that the negotiations were getting off target, we would call each other and talk.
“I know (team president Flip Saunders) will be meeting with the (Pekovic’s) agent sometime relatively soon in person, and my guess is that’s the time they’ll have a really good discussion.”
I’m always somewhat horrified by the inner-workings of Glen Taylor’s operation, much less his mind. Confidence in his guys doing stuff, I guess. Pek negotiations drag on..