Nikola Pekovic C MIN 3 Months

Nikola Pekovic (sore right ankle) will not play in Wednesday's contest vs. the Grizzlies.

He's definitely a shut-down candidate considering he has aggravated his ankle injury multiple times in the past month. Pekovic can be cut in all leagues while Gorgui Dieng is solid player to own even with Ronny Turiaf (knee) back.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 3 Months

Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) "probably won't play" vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday, according to beat writer Jerry Zgoda.

Pek intends to have his ankle re-evaluated this summer, and he's a candidate to be shut down with Minnesota out of the playoff race and rookie Gorgui Dieng playing very well as a replacement at center. "I still have no idea," Pekovic said, referring to his status for the Wolves' final nine games. "It's not on me to deal with it. I don't know. It's just been a tough year for me."

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 3 Months

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is still dealing with lingering pain.

Pekovic left Monday's game with pain in the same ankle that caused him to miss 17 games earlier this season and will take a couple days to rest and see how things go. "I have things in the same spots so it's kind of tough to deal with," Pekovic said. "I'm trying to play. It's just tough. Sometimes it's just tough." With nine games left in the season and nothing for the Wolves to play for, Pekovic will leave a decision on being shut down to the team. "I don't know how I feel about it," Pekovic said. "It's not on me to deal about that. I just don't know. It's been a tough year for me." The Wolves play Memphis on Wednesday so it sounds like he'll most likely miss at least game, making Gorgui Dieng an attractive pickup in standard leagues.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 3 Months

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not return against the Clippers on Monday.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 3 Months

Nikola Pekovic has no new issues with his ankle and is expected to start on Sunday vs. the Nets.

Like most big men, he torched the Lakers on Friday in his return. Pekovic played 22 minutes with a 26-point game and he'll likely be in that neighborhood again. He and Gorgui Dieng will share time the rest of the way.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 3 Months

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) returned to action in Friday's blowout win over the Lakers, scoring 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting with three rebounds in 22 minutes.

Pek carved up the defenseless Lakers and probably wanted to get back on the floor to protect his position from surging Gorgui Dieng (14 points, nine boards, one block, 23 minutes). He'll be a shutdown candidate the rest of the year but for now it looks like the rookie may push him to stick around and play.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 3 Months

Nikola Pekovic will start against the Lakers on Friday night.

This news puts the kibosh on using Gorgui Dieng in daily leagues even though there's almost no way Pek will be back up to his usual workload in his first game back. Pekovic could still have an aggravation since he hasn't been healthy for over two months, so he's not necessarily a must-add player.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 3 Months

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will play vs. the Lakers on Friday night.

It sounded like he was going to sit, but he'll be back on the court tonight. The Wolves will almost certainly keep his minutes in check, so he's still not going to be a fantasy option. Gorgui Dieng could still find his way to minutes in the high 20s, but he obviously takes a hit here.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 4 Months

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

He was considered doubtful this morning and his ankle injury has now kept him out of action for at least six games. His fantasy owners should probably become his former fantasy owners at this point. Gorgui Dieng is a fine play tonight against a weak center rotation for the Hawks.

Nikola Pekovic C MIN 4 Months

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game, according to the Wolves' official game notes.

Game notes aren't always accurate but they're the best information currently available, and Pekovic's ankle bursitis is a nagging injury which he's already aggravated multiple times this season. Owners should look elsewhere for production until we've seen him on the court, and his likely absence means another start at center for impressive rookie Gorgui Dieng.