After losing out on multiple free agent targets up to this point, the Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly agreed to terms with center Greg Stiemsma on an offer sheet believed to be worth $3 million over one year. The Boston Celtics, who Stiemsma spent last season with, now have three days to match the offer sheet but it looks unlikely they will do so at least in part due to salary cap issues they have.
Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game last season in 55 games (three starts) as he played 13.9 minutes per game for the Celtics. He is likely to see more playing time in Minnesota as a backup to center Nikola Pekovic and All-Star power forward Kevin Love, and will add a much-needed defensive presence around the basket.
Stiemsma played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin and then when undrafted in 2008, setting the stage for a bit of basketball odyssey that took him to Turkey, South Korea, the NBA Development league and briefly with two NBA teams (the Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers) without playing a game before landing with the Celtics.