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Updated: July 10th, 2013 9:26pm
Greg Stiemsma didn't have to wait long before landing with New Orleans

Greg Stiemsma didn't have to wait long before landing with New Orleans

by Nate Sandell
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Greg Stiemsma wasn't left in limbo long after his separation with the Minnesota Timberwolves before he landed on his feet back in the low post.

The 6-foot-11 backup center settled on a one-year, $2.7 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, three days after the Wolves waived Stiemsma and forward Mickael Gelabale in order to clear cap room and roster space.

Stiemsma, a defense focused big man, was picked up by the Wolves last year after a one-year stint with the Boston Celtics. His brief stay wasn't marked by many scoring highlights (4.0 ppg), but he gave the Wolves a satisfiable layer of blocking and rebounding off the bench.

Stiemsma was largely a causality of the recent glut of roster moves and salary cap finagling Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has pulled off in the last week.

The Wolves reached a deal Wednesday to land free agent swingman Corey Brewer, but had to reportedly trade Luke Ridnour to Milwaukee to shave needed money off the cap. An expected sign-and-trade with Oklahoma City will help bring in shooting guard Kevin Martin. On top of that, Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that the Wolves had reached a $50 million agreement to reel center Nikola Pekovic back in.

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