Nikola Pekovic eventually signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Timberwolves this summer, after the negotiation process took a little longer than expected.
It was reported that Pekovic was seeking as much as $15 million per year in his new deal, which was obviously a place that the Timberwolves weren’t willing to go, and didn’t need to considering Pekovic’s status as a restricted free agent.
Pekovic was able to get some incentives built into his latest deal, so it’s possible he can earn more than the money he’s guaranteed over the life of the contract. But some are more likely to be achieved than others.
In addition to his $12 million per year base salary, center Nikola Pekovic can earn up to $1.6 million per year in incentives. However, a number of the contractual bullet-points, including league MVP and All-Star game appearance, seem unlikely. Pekovic can earn the most in incentives if he plays over 70 games in a season, something he’s yet to accomplish as he enters his fourth year.
Pekovic isn’t getting a league MVP as long as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and a whole host of other guys are still alive, and an All-Star appearance is a tenuous possibility, at best.
But if he can remain healthy — which is only in a player’s control up to a certain point — the incentive is there for him to receive a little extra cash for taking extra-good care of himself physically over the course of the season.