Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors: Nikola Pekovic Extension and Corey Brewer Sign and Trade With Nuggets Coming After Kevin Martin Deal, Playoffs For Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love?

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Jul 10, 2013 03:19 PM EDT
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (L) jokes with Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (R) as they prepare for a jump ball during the second half of their NBA basketball game in the Target Center in Minneapolis, April 6."

The Minnesota Timberwolves have spent the offseason working on retooling their roster after dealing with injuries last season and after adding shooter Kevin Martin, the team is getting close to a nice extension with Nikola Pekovic.

According to Yahoo Sports, the team and Pekovic are nearing a four-year, $50 million contract extension and along with that the Wolves are also working on adding Corey Brewer on a deal. Last season Pekovic stepped up big while Kevin Love was injured and ended up scoing over 16 points per game and shooting over 50 percent from the field. Pekovic is a solid rebounder and defender and will give the Wolves more depth in the post.

ESPN is also reporting that Brewer is close to a deal to add some more scoring to the roster on a three-year deal worth $15 million and is could come as a sign and trade with the Nuggets. Brewer previously was with the Wolves and was sent in the Carmelo Anthony deal before ending up in Denver. Last season the team finished 20 games under .500 at 31-51 and is expected to be much better after getting players back from injures.

Martin is excited to play with coach Rick Adelman for the third time in his career and that could put him in a situation where he will produce better than he did with the Thunder after coming over in the James Harden deal. The 6-foot-9 Brewer is a solid player and will give depth to the team after being drafted by the wolves in 2007 and he previously had his best career year while playing in Minnesota.

Andrei Kirilenko is likely gone, leaving a void that Brewer can help fill and the Wolves also need more depth after losing Greg Stiemsma to a one-year, $2.7 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

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