Nikola Pekovic C MIN 5 Hrs

Pekovic returned to the starting lineup to score 15 points (4-10 FG, 7-8 FT), with three rebounds, and one assist in 36 minutes on Sunday.

Pekovic was playing limited minutes as he worked his way back from an ankle injury. While a minutes restriction may seem like a good approach with Pekovic going forward, Minnesota went with another approach on Sunday. Continue to monitor his minutes in the next couple games before considering an add though. It also appears his time was not altered playing next to Gorgui Dieng, which is good news for both players.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 16 Hrs

Pekovic will move into the starting lineup against the Hawks on Sunday.

Pekovic will join Gorgui Dieng in the starting lineup as Thaddeus Young slides down to small forward. Unless Sunday is unproductive, Pekovic will likely continue to start moving forward.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 2 Days

Pekovic scored 13 points with nine rebounds in 21 minutes in Friday's loss to New Orleans. He came off the bench, but played at times with Gorgui Dieng at power forward during the game.

Pekovic said his ankle felt better than expected after his return Wednesday, so he could be back in the starting lineup in a game or two. It's also a good sign for his fantasy value that the T-Wolves are trying to find ways to keep both Pekovic and Dieng on the court.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 4 Days

Pekovic returned from his ankle injury during Wednesday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks, coming off the bench for 14 points (5-11 FG, 4-4 FT) and four rebounds in 23 minutes.

Pekovic had been out for nearly two months now and was reportedly going to play between 15-20 minutes coming in. It was a very good sign for his ankle that he was able to play 23 minutes, while also being relatively effective as well. He was splitting time with Gorgui Dieng, who played 25 minutes of his own, so they were very close in the amount of minutes they played. Considering Dieng has played so well in Pekovic's absence, it could be somewhat of a threat to his fantasy value moving forward. Pekovic can be played in deeper leagues, but others may want to wait and see how the minutes are broken up between Pekovic and Dieng during the Timberwolves' next few games.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 5 Days

Pekovic (ankle) will play Wednesday, but will not start.

Coach Flip Saunders said that while Pekovic will not start, he will see a decent amount of minutes Wednesday, so those in deeper leagues should feel comfortable starting him. It will be worth monitoring how many minutes he gets next to Gorgui Dieng, who has been one of the biggest breakout candidates of the sophomore class this season.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 5 Days

Pekovic (ankle) is officially considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, the team's official Twitter account announced.

Pekovic hasn't played since Nov. 15. Even if he returns Wednesday, it would likely be in a bench role. Owners or daily league players will want to give him a few games to get adjusted to game speed since he's been out for about two months. If the big man doesn't return Wednesday, his next chance would be Friday against the Pelicans.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 6 Days

Pekovic (ankle) could return this week and as early as Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

He's getting closer to returning as he's getting in game shape in practice. It doesn't sound like he's headed to the D-League for a rehab assignment as was discussed by head coach Flip Saunders before.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 8 Days

Pekovic (ankle) is still considered doubtful to play Monday, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.

Despite Pekovic's doubtful status, it appears that he is getting close to a return to the court. He recently said that he is not experiencing any pain in his problematic ankle, so Pekovic will just need to return to game shape before he can get back on the court.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 8 Days

Pekovic (ankle) was considered doubtful before tip, but wasn't able to go. He has missed the last 30 games with the ankle complaint.

The Wolves play again on Monday and Pekovic will be questionable to play in that contest as well. When he does return, it will likely take a few games at least to get back into game shape, which will severely limit his court time. Once back to full health, Pekovic isn't a great fantasy option, contributing only in the points and rebounds categories, averaging 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds this season on a pedestrian 42 percent shooting. As a center that blocks just 0.2 shots a game, Pekovic' usefulness in fantasy leagues has a definite ceiling.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 9 Days

Pekovic (ankle) is considered doubtful to play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

Pekovic isn't experiencing any pain in his ankle but needs to get his conditioning in order before he takes the court. While it's still possible that he makes a comeback Saturday, a return sometime next week seems more likely.