The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics were both part of one of the greatest trades ever done in NBA history which sent Kevin Garnett to Boston, where he would win his first NBA championship in his first stint, as the Timberwolves acquired Al Jefferson and other players who most of us Timberwolves fans have forgotten.
The Timberwolves are currently looking for players to help out Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic inside defensively. And Greg Stiemsma is possibly the guy to fit that role. Last season with the Celtics, Stiemsma was a fan favorite for the people in Boston mainly because of his defensive abilities. Stiemsma averaged 1.6 blocks per game last season and was possibly the best defender coming off the bench for the Celtics in the paint.
Stiemsma also has a little bit of experience playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves before in 2010. In April 13, 2010, Stiemsma was signed for the remainder of the regular season with the Wolves. However, in September of 2010, Stiemsma would eventually be waived by the Timberwolves.
The 26-year old forward from Wisconsin has been bouncing around the globe as well aside from just the NBA. He played his first professional basketball game in Turkey in 2008 and would move to South Korea in 2009. Greg would then find himself back in the United States playing for the NBA D-League Team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce where he averaged 8.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per game in the 2009-2010 season which caught attention to teams in need of defensive minded players. Stiemsma would then find his way into the NBA with the Timberwolves and then would be signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers for 10 days in 2010 until finally letting him go in October 3, 2010. After being waived by the Cavaliers, Stiemsma would return to where he began in playing pro basketball, Turkey. Playing for Türk Telekom B.K, Stiemsma averaged 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. After one year playing abroad again, Stiemsma would find his way again back into the United States and would play once again for the Skyforce. After 4 games, the Boston Celtics would sign him up with a rookie minimum contract. In his NBA debut, Stiemsma would set a Celtic record with most blocked shots (6) in a debut game.
After a full year with the Boston Celtics, Stiemsma is now on the market and teams around the NBA are looking to snag him. The Timberwolves are one of those teams and it will definitely be a great plus to the team. His defense and his energy off the bench will be one thing the Timberwolves would need. Once Kevin Love sits or the other starters sit down, the Timberwolves begin to play lazy defense. But with Greg Stiemsma on the team, defense would never stop.