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Timberwolves sign Stiemsma to add to blocks, fouls in box score

Jul 21, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo AP

There’s this Eddie Izzard bit I love, where he says his counselor asked him “What do you want to do, kid, what do you want to do?” and Izzard replies that he wants to be an astronaut.

The counselor says “Look, kid, you’re British, so scale it down a bit.”

That’s kind of what this offseason has been about for the Wolves. No more lofty aspirations of radically altering the team. Nicolas Batum was a cute game and a noble effort at forcing the Blazers off their RFA-rights stump, but it wasn’t ever going to actually work. But other than that, it’s been Brandon Roy in a comeback attempt, Chase Budinger in a nice little little upgrade at the wing, and now they’ve added Greg Stiemsma, via the AP.

Stiemsma was a nice bench defense guy for Boston who double-served as “that guy that fans love because he plays hard for ten minutes, is big, strange looking (NOTE: I am also strange looking, it’s a noble attribute), and isn’t on the floor long enough for you to be angry at what he can’t do.” Kind of a Scalabrine-who-actually-can-make-an-impact type. And now he comes back to the Midwest, being a Wisconsin native.

It’s a nice upgrade from Darko, as Roy is a nice upgrade from Wayne Ellington, and Dante Cunningham is a nice upgrade on Michael Beasley or whatever they had on the wing last year, along with Budinger. The Wolves aren’t trying to shoot for the moon anymore. They’re just making good additions to a good team that’s on the rise.

No big splashy moves. They’re the Timberwolves, so they scaled it down a bit. But that doesn’t mean they can’t make smart moves to improve the team. Stiemsma’s one of those.

  1. ptestonm - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    first love, then chase b, now this? Minnesota is slowly becoming what America envisioned for the league. The Timberwolves…….the new Americas Team

    • justthepeanutgallery - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Yes, but do you have a flag??

  2. minnesotablizzard - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Don’t forget Sved the Russian shot 50% from 3 in a euro league last year or year before and his YouTube highlights make him look like a really interesting fit next to Rubio in Adelman’s offense. I’m ridiculously excited for the upcoming timberwolves season; especially if they add AK-47 on the wing and/or SG Brewer

    • skinsfanwill - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      The euro 3 point line is not the same distance as the nba 3- point line. And the euro players are not the same players as the nba players. Sved is a bum.

  3. dlhouse18 - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Finally. I thought once the Batum acquistion went through the Wolves would go straight to signing him. It was reported that he would he few days ago and it’s a relief to have this official. Steimsma will be an excellent defensive backup to Pekovic and anything we can get out of him on offense is pro bono. He is definitely one of those hustle players that can really turn a good team into great. Energy isn’t valued enough in the NBA.

    • blueballzny - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      If you really believe that he “can turn a good team into a great team” than you are either the most optimistic Wolves fan or you suffer from M.R. Guess which way Im leaning?

      • dlhouse18 - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM

        You need multiple players like this on your bench and you’re deficient if you don’t agree.

  4. j0esixpack - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    That’s a spot on description of Steimsma.

    It’s sure not a sexy signing, but he will likely give some quality minutes.

  5. atahualpaoxford - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    The suspense is killing me…
    Which way are you leaning…???

    • brewdogg - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM


  6. stoudemelo - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Other white guy YES!

  7. pariseinminnesotabichez - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    He’s a hell of a lot better than Darko!

  8. pariseinminnesotabichez - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    What did Darko do? Come on the Court and get 3 fouls? That guy sucked D!**

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