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Your Morning Dump… Greg Stiemsma is packing up his apartment

Chuck - Red's Army June 26, 2012 Celtics News, Free Agency, Greg Stiemsma, The Morning Dump 13 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Greg Stiemsma will be in Boston for the next few days to pack up his apartment, but the free agent center doesn’t want Celtics fans to read anything into the move.

“It’s just that I have a month-to-month lease and I’m not going to be there in July at all so I can save a little money by getting out of my apartment,” Stiemsma said. “I’m hoping to re-sign on a new lease soon.”

In order to re-sign a lease, Stiemsma first would need to re-sign with the Celtics. The 6-foot-11 rookie is a restricted free agent and the Celtics will need to extend a qualifying offer of $1.05 million by June 30, which should be little more than a procedural formality. Free agency begins on July 1, at which time Stiemsma will be able to negotiate with other teams, but the C’s will have three days to match any offer sheet.


Something tells me Greg Stiemsma won’t be flat broke after his NBA career. He’s going through the hassle of moving to save one month’s rent.

Re-signing the Steamer for $1.05 million is a no-brainer for Danny Ainge. Unless another GM is willing to pay Stiemsma more cash and more years, he’s going to be back. I just don’t see that happening.

As for his foot injury, Stiemsma is still in a walking boot. If his health continues to improve, he’ll play for the Olympic select team July 6 – 11 in Las Vegas.

The rest of the links:

CSNNE – Blakely mock draft | ESPN Boston – Ford Mock Draft 9.0 | Rajon Rondo report card | Globe – Europe on horizon | Yahoo! – Brandon Roy’s top suitors are Bulls, Mavs, Pacers and Wolves | NBA.com – Not a chance Howard stays in Houston if traded there |

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  • RedsLoveChild

    Stiemsma was a very pleasant surprise this past season….second only to the emergence of Bardley.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Make that “Bradley”

  • paul

    Why would he play for the Olympic team, when it seems rather obvious that his body needs rest?

    • HR Paperstacks

      I would play if I wasn’t signed just for the mere fact that it gets your name out there to other teams

  • colaroaster

    why didn’t he get rookie of the year consideration?

    • KY Celts fan

      because Kyrie Irving was a monster this season. I don’t think anyone else got consideration.

  • JimmyG

    Stiemer is odd to watch play defense. He seems to have huge lapses that result in easy layups, but could also finish a game with ten blocks I’m convinced. Is he good? Bad? Just inexperienced? I’m going with the third answer. Regardless, great pickup.

    • screaming jay

      inexperienced….and injured. it can be hard to just walk when you have a case of plantar fascitis. imagine having to move on a hoop court.

    • Wil Reyes

      Doc’s system is hard to learn, but he really did well as the second units Center near the end of the season.

      Avery, Allen, Sasha, KG, Steamer was the best second unit they had. Sadly Ray got injured

      Plus Stiemsma and Ray allen got a good chemistry between their play.

  • thetitleisours

    If his injury becomes a red flag for other teams all the better for his chances coming back to Boston. We need depth at that position.

  • sev

    you could tell…it was obvious towards the end of the year when he did actually get on the floor that despite trying, he was a step slower and although many players got by him, he usually caught up at the last second to block the shot. Being a half step slower and maybe his limited lift was even more effected, he wasn’t able to block shots. He blocked shots because he had long arms and he could time it because he wasn’t having to sky to get a hand on the ball, therefore he could wait till the last second and just stick that long arm up. Plus when your not jumping really high you land on your feet much quicker, thus allowing you to rise again to contest another shot. Unfortunately, unless your a beast downlow(toughness) or long AND super athletic(KG rebounding in his prime) blocking shots doesn’t translate to rebounding, but I’ll take blocks with smart team defense and room to improve.

    • sev

      “you could tell…it was obvious towards the end of the year when he did actually get on the floor that despite trying, he was a step slower and although *many players got by him, he usually caught up at the last second to block the shot.”

      *that was meant to say he was capable of that pre injury, but after many of those guards seem to squeak in there and get those lay-ups off the glass right before the attempted swat.

  • Vince

    Hey, I don`t care what he says, moving out of his Boston appartment in June to save money when we all expect him to get a $1 million contract before the end of the month is fishy. I hope he is back but I think that he might be looking elsewhere for some reason, just based on this apartment move.