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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.
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 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