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Updated: July 24th, 2012 8:49am
Celtics rescind offer to Greg Stiemsma, who will sign with Wolves

Celtics rescind offer to Greg Stiemsma, who will sign with Wolves

by Darren Wolfson
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Greg Stiemsma's agent received a letter on Monday explaining the Boston Celtics' decision to rescind their $1.05 million qualifying offer to the restricted free-agent center, meaning the contract he's expected to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves could be a one-year pact.

Stiemsma, 26, agreed to terms with the Wolves on Saturday, according to a league source. He averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks over 13.9 minutes per game as a rookie after stints overseas and in the NBA Development League.

The agreement with the Wolves ended a string of near-misses in free agency that included the matched offer sheet for Portland swingman Nic Batum and deals elsewhere for the likes of swingman Courtney Lee (Houston) and power forward Jordan Hill (Los Angeles Lakers).

A source said the Wolves never made a formal offer to Lee before the Celtics acquired him in a sign-and-trade.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to
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