Stiemsma agrees to offer as Wolves continue casting for free agents

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 22, 2012 - 12:00 AM

His agent said the Celtics are unlikely to match the Wolves' offer for the former Wisconsin center, who will back up Nikola Pekovic.

hide

Greg Stiemsma, left

Photo: Robert Duyos, Sun Sentinel

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Restricted free-agent center Greg Stiemsma was born, raised and educated in Wisconsin, but he still considers the contract agreement he reached Saturday with the Timberwolves a homecoming.

Never mind the border issues.

"There's still reciprocity, isn't there?" asked Stiemsma's agent, Mike Naiditch.

The Wolves signed Stiemsma to his first NBA contract in April 2010, even though he never played in a regular-season game for them.

When the Celtics played at Target Center in March, the evening was something of a home game for him after more than 100 friends and family from Wisconsin and South Dakota -- where he had played for the Development League's Skyforce -- attended and serenaded him afterward with a Britney Spears song he once was forced to sing on a Boston radio station.

Naiditch said "Minnesota is always where Greg wanted to be," both because of his history with the franchise and because the team called at 11:01 p.m. on July 1, one minute into the NBA's free-agency period.

The Wolves also need a backup center to starter Nikola Pekovic after waiving Darko Milicic last week to clear salary-cap room.

The 26-year-old Stiemsma, who played for the University of Wisconsin from 2004 to '08, signed with Boston in December when the lockout-delayed season began. He played 55 games during his rookie NBA season and played 19 games during the playoffs despite battling injuries to both feet.

He withdrew earlier this month from playing for the U.S. Select team in scrimmages against U.S. Olympians in Las Vegas because of plantar fasciitis, a troublesome foot injury.

Contract terms were not immediately known, but his multiyear deal is believed to worth between $2.5 million and $3 million a season.

Boston has three days to match the offer, but Naiditch is confident his client now is with the Wolves because the salary-cap stretched Celtics can only sign the 6-11 center to their $1.975 biannual exception.

Saturday's agreement came three days after Portland matched the offer sheet the Wolves gave restricted free agent Nicolas Batum and one day after two other players the team sought -- shooting guard Courtney Lee and power forward Jordan Hill -- signed with other teams.

The Wolves previously reached contract agreements with three-time All-Star Brandon Roy, who retired last December because of two bad knees but now is launching a comeback, and Russian combo guard Alexey Shved.

They also likely are still pursuing a wing player and another big man. Possibilities include Chicago unrestricted free agent Ronnie Brewer, Golden State unrestricted free agent Dominic McGuire, Golden State restricted free agent Brandon Rush, Miami unrestricted free agent Ronny Turiaf and Wolves unrestricted free agent Anthony Tolliver.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 2
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 9
NY Yankees - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3
Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 4
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer 4
Miami - LP: C. Hatcher 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 5
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 6 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Vargas 1
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 7 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll 1
Texas - WP: S. Baker 13 FINAL
Houston - LP: B. Oberholtzer 6
Chicago Cubs - WP: N. Ramirez 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: P. Neshek 2
Colorado - LP: R. Brothers 2 FINAL
Arizona - WP: B. Ziegler 5
Oakland - LP: J. Lester 0 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver 4
Los Angeles - LP: K. Correia 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: T. Stauffer 3
Washington - WP: J. Zimmermann 8 FINAL
Seattle - LP: F. Hernandez 3
Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta 2 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 13
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 27 FINAL
Houston 7
Colorado State 31 FINAL
Colorado 17
UNLV 13 FINAL
Arizona 58
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 3 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 1
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 71 FINAL
Phoenix 85
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many games will the Timberwolves win this season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close