May 28, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma (54) pulls down a rebound against Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) during the first half in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Free Agency: Celtics Center Greg Stiemsma Expects Minnesota Timberwolves to Make Offer


I speculated on the possibilities of a sign & trade involving center Greg Stiemsma.  The Timberwolves had expressed interest, and after amnestying center Darko Milicic, they appear to be on the verge of making a run at Celtics center Greg Stiemsma.

Stiemsma’s playing time was sporadic, but his ability to be a backup center in the NBA was never in question.  When the C’s needed some defense and rebounding off the bench, Stiemsma was able to provide such, and the Timberwolves are wise to recognize that.

“There is a great demand for players like Greg, big men who can block shots and defend,” his agent Mike Naiditch said. “But something changes everyday in the NBA. But it’s fair to say that Greg is in a very good place right now as far as having options.”

The terms of the likely contract?  Stiemsma would receive just under $2 Million a year by the bi-annual exception.  He’s definitely worth that, and as his agent cited, there is a great demand for players like Stiemsma.  As to why the Celtics don’t seem to realize that, a team in need of capable bigs, is beyond me.  Danny Ainge must feel they can do better.

Oh well; Celtics loss is the Timberwolves’ gain.

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