People who know say there is no chance of the Timberwolves not signing center Nikola Pekovic to a contract extension.

Pekovic, 27, who is averaging 15.9 points and 8.8 rebounds, can become a restricted free agent after the season. The Wolves, though, can match any offer and retain him.

The 6-foot-11, 281-pounder is being paid $4.6 million this season and can expect to at least double that per year on a new deal.

During the third quarter of the Wolves' 97-81 loss to Miami at Target Center on Monday night, March 4, Ricky Rubio had a scary moment.

The Wolves' flashy point guard wondered whether he had reinjured the left knee that had been surgically reconstructed nearly a year ago.

"I stopped and I felt something, but it was OK," Rubio said.

Rubio said he thought the knee, for a moment, suddenly felt unstable.

"It scared me because I know knee injuries are a pain in the butt," he said, recalling his long rehab. "But I'm good. If I didn't get hurt on that play, that means they (doctors) did a great job, right?"