Nikola Pekovic’s European Vacation

Mar 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) during warmups prior to playing against the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center. Lakers won 120-117. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The fact Eurobasket will not include our favorite Montenegrin on its roster was a blessing I thought was owed to the glacier’s pace of the Wolves’ contract negotiations. Early on, when Glen Taylor was making some pretty confident comments about retaining his team’s starting center, it was thought to be part of a ploy to keep him off the European court. Turns out there was more (or less) to it…

Nikola Pekovic explained on Vjiesti.me why he could not join the Montenegrin National Team this summer. Pekovic is still without contract in the NBA and playing with National Team without insurance would be too risky.

“I take this opportunity to explain the situation about my commitment with National Team. My desire to play with the team was not under question. However, I have not signed the contract in NBA and this prevents me to join the National Team. It is not possible for me to play without insurance. No players in the world would do that. In my case, I should sign a 4 or 5 year deal in NBA, playing would be a risk I cannot take.

Negotiations with the NBA team have been ongoing since five weeks and they are still not finalized. My agent, Jeff Schwartz, to whom I have full confidence, assured me that it is normal for these kind of contracts. He also ruled out any chance of training before signing the contract.

Honestly, I expected to sign the contract before joining the National Team. Unfortunately I did not and I canont start practice. I did not want to join the NT and practice individually.

I completely understand the decision of the Federation who decided not to wait for me.

I wish my teammates a lot of success” said Pekovic

Topics: Eurobasket, Eurobasket 2013, Flip Saunders, Glen Taylor, Minnesota Timberwolves, Nba Offseason, Nikola Pekovic

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