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Your Morning Dump… A mystery team offers Stiemsma a deal

Chuck - Red's Army July 21, 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. 

Restricted free-agent center Greg Stiemsma has received an offer from a new suitor, according to a league source. 

The Celtics extended a $1.05 million qualifying offer to Stiemsma before the free-agency period, while the Timberwolves have expressed consistent interest in the 6-foot-11 big man this offseason. But while Stiemsma’s camp awaits an offer sheet from Minnesota, it appears a third team has entered the fray. 

This offer, when formally delivered, will almost certainly price Boston out of the Stiemsma Sweepstakes. Given their cap constraints, the Celtics are unable to match even a modest offer for his services, with only the biannual exception ($1.95 million) remaining above a minimum contract and Boston nearing the luxury-tax threshold. 

ESPN Boston

As of yesterday afternoon, Stiemsma was set to sign a $3 million contract with Minnesota.  Is this mystery team report just a way to squeeze more money out of the Wolves? You gotta love how these agents and GM’s manipulate the media.  Funny how the Courtney Lee deal came to fruition the same day reports surfaced the Celtics were interested in Carlos Delfino.

Whether it’s Minnesota or the mystery team, the Celtics can’t afford Steamer. The bi-annual exception won’t be enough to get it done.

The Herald’s Steve Bulpett updates us on the roster:

The Celtics now have 13 players under contract for next season, quietly adding guard Jamar Smith two weeks ago. They are trying to add Dionte Christmas to the mix and add another inside player, as well.

As for who the other inside player might be – I don’t have any names for you.

The Celtics included all three of next year’s second round picks (their own plus CHA and MIN) in the trade for Courtney Lee. His contract is 4 years, $21.35 million.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Bass plays coach for a night | Christmas proves a treat for Celtics in July | ESPN Boston – Wish list comes true | WEEI – E’Twaun Moore bull-ish on Chicago, Johnson considering his options | CSNNE – Ainge executes back-up plan perfectly

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  • CoachBo

    The furor over this cadaver in sneakers amuses me. He’s a stiff. Who cares?

    • BudWC

      Completely agree.

  • KY Celts fan

    I’m guessing Portland. For Steamer’s sake though, I hope it’s Milwaukee. Then he could play for his hometown team.

  • Astarot

    Yeah they need another big C. Most likely it will be someone amnested or sb for vet min like Przybilla. Sad they can’t afford Stiemsma (I guess they can but don’t wanna be over luxury-tax). Also don’t know what about Pietrus he could be good fit for bi-annual the more so they don’t need both Smith and Christmas so one spot will be open.

  • Lee in Oregon

    Not many centers left. I guess they were unwilling to offer Hollins even a minimum deal- that’s what he got in Clipperland.

  • RedsLoveChild

    At least Steamer`s popularity here made some sense.

    Scalabrine`s popularity remains a well hidden mystery!

  • zippittyay

    What’s Tiny Gallon doing nowadays?

  • T-Money

    This could be Michael Sweetney’s big chance…

  • Fiorelladad

    Anyone knows what happened with Birdman’s accusations? If nothing happened he could be that missing big. I believe he was bought out by Denver and haven’t heard any waiver claim. It could be Danny’s coup de grace this summer for the BAE.

  • T-Money

    I read that Birdman was being extorted by a jilted fan and that the claims were bogus. If that’s the case, I’d be ok with Danny giving him the vet minimum. If the charges stick, then turn to Okur, Oden, Blatche, Milicic for the vet min.
    The only big I’d use the BAE on would be Kenyon Martin.

    • Lee in Oregon

      Oden is out for the year, expected to return for 2013-14 season.

  • SeanGreen

    The Bucks maybe?

  • Chris

    Don’t know who the other team was since he signed with the Wolves. No hard feelings towards him – he started at 26 and if he doesn’t continue to improve he could be out of this league before KG. Gotta get paid. We’ll miss you Greg.