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Stiemsma waiting on offer from Timberwolves

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  July 17, 2012 09:47 PM

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LAS VEGAS -- According to an NBA source, Celtics center Greg Stiemsma has yet to receive an offer sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Stiemsma is a restricted free agent and the Celtics can match any offer from another club but are over the salary cap, meaning they would have limitations in matching any offer above the biannual exception that begins at $1.95 million per season.

The Timberwolves have a $46 million offer sheet to Portland’s Nicolas Batum that the Trail Blazers are expected to match. If that occurs, the Timberwolves will have the cap space to likely make Stiemsma an offer the Celtics could not match. The Trail Blazers have told Batum to report for a physical, indicating they plan to match the offer.

"Greg is waiting patiently through the process," agent Mike Naiditch said. "And we believe he will get a contract of fair-market value."

The Celtics have had talks with representatives of free-agent swingman Mickael Pietrus but have made no offer. With O.J. Mayo and Grant Hill committed to new teams, the market may open up for Pietrus, who is coming off right knee surgery.

A team source said the Celtics continue to work on a sign-and-trade for Jason Terry, although it remains unlikely. The Celtics are trying to free up the midlevel exception to pursue free-agent guard Courtney Lee.

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