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Pelicans to sign backup center Greg Stiemsma

Jul 10, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

Greg Stiemsma AP

With Robin Lopez gone the Pelicans were looking for a little more size up front. They found it.

The Pelicans have reached an agreement to bring in backup center Greg Stiemsma, his agent told multiple media members on Wednesday. It is a one-year deal worth $2.7 million, according to Ken Berger at

Stiemsma is a 6’11” traditional center who had a good rookie season with Boston a couple years ago and spent last season in Minnesota. His greatest skill is as a shot blocker, something he can sometimes chase to the point of picking up too many fouls. Stiemsma also is a solid rebounder.

His offensive game is limited and he’s best when he lets the chances fall to him. He shot 54 percent his rookie year in Boston but that fell to 45.7 percent last season in Minnesota.

There is room to get significant minutes along the Pelicans front line behind or playing next to Anthony Davis, if Stiemsma can earn them.

  1. GT - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Half-decent role player, has really made the most of his limited assets, turned his height and effort into a contract. Good for him.

  2. unxpexted1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Another decent servicable pick up for the Pelicans. Guess they dont want to be the Pelican’ts

    • iritian - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      I guess they remembered his debut against them

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Pelicans strike again!! Good move

  4. bougin89 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    They were definitely looking for a true center. This is a good value pickup. Why did the Bucks give so much to ZaZa when a hometown kid was available? SMH at the Buck’s direction(or lack thereof)…

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Yeah, that Zaza signing was wildly curious. Not that he’s not a decent player to have, but when you already have Sanders, Udoh, Gooden, Henson, Illyasova, why sign another big to a contract the size of which MIL gave him? I found that very odd.

    • loubearkane - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      ZAZA is a bit of a red ass that might give them some attitude FOR THE MINIMUM

  5. sportsfan18 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    $2.7 million dollars for one season… Why couldn’t I be 6′ 11″ tall?

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