The New Orleans Pelicans have done just about everything right this summer. On draft night, they traded the rights of Nerlens Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for All Star point guard Jrue Holiday, making the move of the night. They have also acquired guard Tyreke Evans from the Sacramento Kings this offseason as well as brought back forward Al-Farouq Aminu.
The roster, as it stands, could definitely compete next season for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Getting rid of Robin Lopez this week, though, opened up a spot down low in need of filling.
Wednesday, according to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Pelicans signed free agent center Greg Stiemsma who was recently cut from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Announcement from agent Mark Bartelstein confirms that free-agent center Greg Stiemsma is signing with Pelicans
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2013
Stiemsma has only averaged about 15 minutes per game in his NBA career and in that time was able to put up 3.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. His PER in 2012 was a measly 10.52, making this a curious signing if you ask me.
It’s not that Stiemsma is a terrible player. He’s just not the best option available out there for the Pelicans. I would much rather have seen them go after a guy like Samuel Dalembert or even Ronny Turiaf to fill their need of a reserve big man.
New Orleans will get a somewhat decent defender in Stiemsma, but other than that not much else. He’s not anywhere near efficient offensively, nor is aggressive on either end. In fact, he’s a pretty quiet guy on the court which worries me if I’m a Pelicans fan.
I guess I can forgive New Orleans for the one questionable move they made so far this summer, but they better hope Stiemsma proves he was worth signing.