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Timberwolves now frontrunner to land Greg Stiemsma

Jul 17, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo AP

The Celtics wanted to keep restricted free agent center Greg Stiemsma, who gave the team quality minutes during the playoffs. But that play drove up his price tag high enough that the Celtics read the writing on the wall and decided to go another direction by bringing back Chris Wilcox.

So where will Stiemsma land?

His agent is saying Minnesota, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. However, that offer is on hold until the Blazers officially match the $46 million offer for Nicolas Batum that the T-Wolves already have out there.

“Until that’s worked out, a lot of players like Greg will just have to wait which is fine,” his agent Mike Naiditch, told CSNNE.com on Tuesday. “We understand that this is a process and will take time. We’re not in any kind of rush.”

The Celtics cannot offer Stiemsma any more than their bi-annual exception, which is worth $1.95 million. The offer sheet from the Timberwolves is expected to be for at least $1 million more than that per season.

A team could come out of nowhere, and the Wolves could go after someone like Jordan Hill instead, but smart money says Stiemsma takes over the Darko role in Minny. At a better price.

  1. Justin - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I think Minnesota has been the frontrunner for some time now.

  2. rickyspanish - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    He better not step on Pekovic’s minutes! Pekovic is the man.

  3. brewdogg - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Hmmmm…. Pek and Stiem. Do you get the feeling there is another somewhat-funny-but-rather-lame commercial coming up? Considering what they popped out last year, I think the HS AV team they employ is giggling through their retainers right now.

  4. jkaflagg - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    You really know the off season has taken hold when you see headlines like “Wolves are front runners to land Greg Stiemsma”……

    • homelanddefense - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Yeah I didnt know there were front runners for 10th men on rosters. Steimsma was a nice story coming from the d league last year. But he has no offense whatsoever and is completely lost guarding the pick & roll.

      Basically he is your 3rd center or PF. 3 million is a lot for him.

  5. paulhargis53 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Yeah its really taken hold when there are tires complaining about stories that have to do with NBA free agency. Jesus, don’t read the freaking article if you aren’t interested…..pretty simple.

  6. minnesotablizzard - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Another whitey!!

  7. bougin89 - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Stiemsma is the man! In his junior year of high school at the state tournament he had a 1 on 1 fast break and he faked the defender out by dribbling behind his back and threw down a nice dunk. The kid might have been 5’11” and mid way through puberty but it was still pretty cool. He played at a D4 school in Wisconsin and to say he was a man among boys was quite the understatement.

    Now I’m done with my random thought of the day.

  8. redblue560 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    The Celtics have really blown themselves apart. First, they let loose Ray Allen, signed Green to a crazy 40 million, now they will let ST walk as well to Minnesota. Hoping to get that Darko M center that Minnesota is letting go, that ST is going to replace.

    The Rockets offered Linsanity a ridiculous money that will put the Knicks in a potential bind, now they have shot themselves on the foot with that offer for an unproven player.

    The crazy world of free agency. Maybe they should be able to trade General Managers like players.

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