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PG: Ricky Rubio
SG: Kevin Martin
SF: Chase Budinger
PF: Kevin Love
C: Nikola Pekovic
It's August and the Minnesota Timberwolves still haven't re-signed center Nikola Pekovic. Things have been quiet on the Pekovic front for months now, and if a deal is going to get done, you'd have to think it's going to get done soon.
According to Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune, Flip Saunders believes Pekovic will eventually re-up with Minnesota:
If you take the word of Flip Saunders, the president of basketball operations for the Timberwolves, you can quit worrying about the club signing Nikola Pekovic. Saunders believes it’s just a matter of time before the 6-11 center from Montenegro agrees to a deal with the club.
“Yeah, I’m still optimistic,” said Saunders, who plans to travel in the near future to New York to speak to Pekovic’s agent.
Should Pek ultimately return, the Timberwolves will be in prime position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04.
Pekovic's return would give head coach Rick Adelman one of the league's most versatile frontcourts, but it may be shooting guard Kevin Martin who changes the T'Wolves' fortunes for the better.
After finishing 30th in three-point field-goal percentage last season (30.5 percent), Minnesota couldn't afford to enter 2013-14 without a sniper.
Martin and his 38.5 percent career three-point conversion rate will help, but Chase Budinger and Corey Brewer will need to step up as well in order to give Minnesota the diversified attack it craves.