Agent: Wolves, Stiemsma "good fit," conversations continue
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- July 3, 2012 - 6:43 PM
David Kahn called Greg Stiemsma's agent back this morning as he said he would.
According to Chicago-based Mike Naiditch, the two agreed that Stiemsma and the Wolves are a good fit each other, they talked some contract numbers, nothing formally, there was no offer and the two will speak again on Friday while the Wolves continue to assemble this fluid puzzle while they pursue everyone from Nicolas Batum and Brandon Roy to Pau Gasol, Ray Allen, Lou Williams and others.
Batum stayed over in Minneapolis on Monday night and continued to meet with Wolves officials on Tuesday. He is expected to meet with the Blazers later this week.
Naiditch, who grew up in Golden Valley, said 13 teams invited Stiemsma to training camp before he signed with Boston before last season. He said several of those teams are still interested and added his client may visit another team or team(s).
The Wolves called at 11:01 p.m. Saturday -- one minute after free agency began -- and set up a Sunday morning visit.
Stiemsma grew up in Wisconsin and was a Timberwolf for about seven months in the 2010 offseason.
He is a restricted free agent, so the Celtics have a right to match any offer.
Stiemsma is 6-11 center who'd give the Wolves a big physical body and a bit of a shot blocker backing up Nikola Pekovic. He'll turn 27 just before the start of training camp in late September.
Yes, you can be assured, one way or the other, Darko! is as good as gone.
He'd also increase the Wolves...oh, never mind.
Stiemsma on Monday withdrew from the Team USA Select camp that will scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic team in Las Vegas next week because he's undergoing therapy for plantar fasciitis, that troublesome foot injury.
Naiditch downplayed the foot of course and said his client will be back to full health within 30 days. He said Steimsma was "very disappointed" that he can't compete against Kevin Love and the other Olympic finalists.
"He was really looking forward to the experience," Naidaitch said. "Just obeying the doctor."
No contracts can be signed or no trades made until July 11. The Celtics then would have until three days, until July 14, to match any offer Stiemsma might get.
The question is whether the Celtics will have any money left, after striking a new deal with Kevin Garnett and today working to reach an offer sheet with Dallas guard Jason Terry while also still having interest in Allen, who could end up with the Clippers or Heat.
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