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Updated: June 30th, 2012 11:35pm
Jordan Hill, Greg Stiemsma set to make visits with Timberwolves

Jordan Hill, Greg Stiemsma set to make visits with Timberwolves

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't waste any time setting up visits as the NBA's free agency period got underway.

Forward Jordan Hill will visit with the Timberwolves on Monday, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports, and the Twitter feed from the agent of Greg Stiemsma reported the center also is set to make a visit in Minnesota. Stiemsma is a restricted free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers want to retain the 24-year-old Hill and can offer him a four-year, $17 million deal but the Wolves are going to have more money to work with and, according to Yahoo! Sports, could have as much as $20 million in cap space to spend.

The Wolves' decision not to make qualifying offers to Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph created more cap space.

Yahoo! Sports reported the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic also have interest in Hill, who was acquired by the Lakers from Houston for Derek Fisher and a first-round pick in March.

Hill, who is 6-10, 235 pounds, averaged 4.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 12 playoff games this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 39 games during the regular season with Houston and the Lakers.

Stiemsma, 26, received a $1.05 million qualifying offer from the Celtics. That means Boston will have the right to match any offer Stiemsma gets from another team, provided the salary cap allows them to do so. He averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 55 games this season. 

The Wolves also are pursuing free-agent guard Brandon Roy and met with Roy on Friday.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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