New Orleans Pelicans free agent center 6’11 260lb Greg Stiemsma is expected to sign a one-year $1 million deal with the Toronto Raptors for the upcoming NBA season.
One-year, $1 million deal from Greg Stiemsma in Toronto is the word
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 4, 2014
Stiemsma was an undrafted low minutes senior from Wisconsin in 2008 who spent time in Turkey, South Korea and with Sioux Falls of the NBA D-League after graduation. In the 2009-10 season, Stiemsma averaged 9.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 28.2 minutes over 48 games with the Skyforce.
The Celtics picked him up for the 2011-12 season as a free agent. The Timberwolves signed Stiemsma for 2012-13 and the Pelicans picked him up last year.
Stiemsma has played 186 NBA games with 42 starts and has averaged 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 16 minutes.
It should be assumed that the deal is only partially guaranteed and Stiemsma will be competing with Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton for the 15th and final spot on the Raptors roster.
The signing has been confirmed by the Raptors.