Timberwolves reach agreement on deal with center Greg Stiemsma
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The Minnesota Timberwolves' stretch of missing out on free agents appears to be coming to an end.
The team and restricted free-agent center Greg Stiemsma reached agreement on a contract on Saturday, according to an NBA source. Terms were not disclosed.
Stiemsma received a $1.05 million qualifying offer from Boston after playing his rookie season with that team. The Celtics now have three days to match the Wolves' offer but are not expected to do so in part because of issues they have with the salary cap.
If the Wolves' offer to Stiemsma exceeded the bi-annual exception ($1.957 million annually over two years), the Celtics will not be able to match.
Stiemsma was on the Wolves' radar from the start of free agency and visited with the team early on in the process. Like others, however, he had to wait until the Wolves had completed their pursuit of Portland restricted free agent Nicolas Batum.
The Trail Blazers matched the Wolves' offer sheet to Batum this week.
The Wolves' pursuit of Stiemsma got a bit more interesting Friday when word surfaced that a third team had joined the bidding for him.
Stiemsma, 26, averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks over 13.9 minutes per game as a rookie. He was often the first big man off the bench late in the season for Boston.
Stiemsma spent four seasons with the Wisconsin Badgers and was undrafted in 2008. He then played basketball in Turkey and South Korea before joining the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League in 2009-10.
Stiemsma was signed by the Timberwolves in April 2010 but never played in a game and was placed on waivers that September. He then signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being waived and returning to play in Turkey.
In 2011, he was back in Sioux Falls and played in four games before being signed by the Celtics.
The news Saturday was far better for the Wolves, who lost out in their pursuit of forward Jordan Hill and forward/guard Courtney Lee on Friday.
Hill reportedly agreed to a two-year contract for almost $8 million on Friday to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics acquired Lee from the Houston Rockets as part of a multiple-team sign-and-trade deal that was completed Friday.
Judd Zulgad contributed