After failing to acquire wingman Nicolas Batum, who would have been able to help Minnesota’s subpar defense, the Timberwolves are moving on are now on a serious chase for Boston Celtics forward, Greg Stiemsma.
Stiemsma has already been rumored early on in the off-season to have shown interest in joining the Minnesota Timberwolves and leaving the team that allowed him to showcase his defensive prowess.
In his NBA debut against the New Orleans Hornets, Stiemsma blocked 6 shots which was a franchise record for most blocks in an NBA debut. Sorry Bill Russell.
The Timberwolves are currently in a good position to steal the 26-year old shot blocker, who was undrafted out of Wisconsin. There has been no offer sheets sent out by the Timberwolves to Stiemsma but I personally am anticipating one to happen by next week the most.
After bouncing around teams in and out from the United States and the NBA, Stiemsma might be able to find a permanent home in Minnesota. Well, that will only happen unless the Celtics, who are a great team for Stiemsma’s talents, decide to keep him alongside former Timberwolves Kevin Garnett.
Last season Stiemsma proved his worth mostly on the defensive side. Offense may be a problem, to which the Timberwolves still need at their 2 and 3 position, but defense for the Timberwolves in the off-season has to come first. Recently signed Brandon Roy is still a question mark on how his offense will come to play after 1 year of absence from the game of basketball.
Stiemsma is a blue-collar type of player on the low block, very much like Timberwolves All-Star, Kevin Love.
With either the Celtics or the Timberwolves, Stiemsma will obviously be coming off the bench. If I was Kevin Love, I would be happy to know that they guy replacing me when I rest on the bench is a guy who will continue to work as hard as me. Although with less talent, skills, and athleticism than Love, Stiemsma will still be a determined bench player on defense and hopefully, on the offensive side as well.