The whispers were getting louder in recent days that the C’s rookie center was on the verge of leaving town and today our very own Chris Forsberg over at ESPNBoston.com made the confirmation:
Restricted free agent center Greg Stiemsma has come to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) July 21, 2012
Once the offer sheet is signed by Stiemsma, the Celtics will have three days to match the offer for Steamer, who is a restricted free agent. Unfortunately, the C’s will not have the salary cap room to match the deal, making it a formality that the 26-year-old center is heading closer to home in Minnesota. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com is reporting the deal is a one-year pact for about $3 million dollars.
As we’ve discussed before here at the Hub, if there is ever a guy you should feel truly happy for getting a nice payday out of town, Stiemsma is it. After battling overseas and in the D-League for years to get his NBA shot, and first real payday, he’ll have plenty of Boston fans pulling for him while he is out there.
Look for Boston to bring in another free agent power forward/center in the coming weeks to replace him and JaJuan Johnson and help round out the bigs on the roster.
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