Timberwolves see at least two more free-agent targets get away
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Nicolas Batum isn't the only free agent the Minnesota Timberwolves targeted this offseason but failed to get.
Power forward Jordan Hill and guard/forward Courtney Lee are both off the market, and center Greg Stiemsma now has an offer from a team other than the Wolves. The club was not identified in reports on Friday.
Hill reportedly agreed to a two-year contract for almost $8 million on Friday to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers. While Batum was a restricted free agent, and thus remained in Portland when the Trail Blazers matched the Wolves' offer sheet to him, the 24-year-old Hill was an unrestricted free agent.
Hill averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in seven regular-season games with the Lakers after being acquired from Houston. He then averaged 4.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics acquired Courtney Lee from the Houston Rockets as part of a multiple-team sign-and-trade deal that was completed Friday.
The Wolves also were pursuing the 6-foot-5 Lee. The Rockets had withdrawn a qualifying offer for Lee, making him an unrestricted free agent. Lee spent two seasons in Houston, averaging 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 139 games.
Stiemsma, 26, has a qualifying offer of $1.05 million from the Celtics, but Boston is expected to withdraw the offer to the restricted free agent based on the fact that they face salary-cap constraints.
That means that either the Wolves or the mystery team likely will end up with Stiemsma.
Darren Wolfson contributed.