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Pelicans Free Agent Greg Stiemsma To Sign With Raptors

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.

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.

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.