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MINNEAPOLIS -- In a move that clears more salary cap room to finalize Minnesota's roster, the Timberwolves on Sunday waived center Grieg Stiemsma and forward Mickael Gelabale.
The decision, which doesn't come as much of a surprise, frees up at least 3.6 million. The organization had until July 17 to make a decision on Stiemsma before his 2.7 million for next year became guaranteed and would've owed Gelabale at minimum 915,852.
But that cash now can go toward meeting Minnesota's two biggest remaining offseason needs: retain restricted free agent center Nikola Pekovic and pick up a defense-oriented wing, either off the free agent market or via a trade.
Stiemsma's departure puts even more of a premium on the former goal, which was one the Timberwolves' foremost priorities well before the previous season came to a close.
With Pekovic, power forward Kevin Love and others missing substantial time with injury, Stiemsma saw action in all but six of Minnesota's games last season. A free-agent get who began his NBA career in Boston, the 6-foot-11 Wisconsin product averaged 15.9 minutes, four points and 3.4 rebounds.
Gelabale returned to the NBA after one season in the NBA D-League and three more spent overseas. The 6-7 Guadeloupe native was signed to a pair of 10-day contracts this past January then inked for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
He, too, saw ample playing time -- 17.9 minutes per contest that yielded averages of five points and 2.8 rebounds.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Greg Stiemsma and Mickael Gelabale to create salary cap space to sign Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger while re-signing Nikola Pekovic.
The Wolves are also trying to trade J.J. Barea or Luke Ridnour to balance their depth chart and create additional space.
The Wolves had until July 17 to waive Stiemsma or fully guarantee his $2.7 million contract...
After being waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves in a cap related move, Greg Stiemsma, the 6’11” 259 pound center that earned his contract playing in Boston, was released today by the T-Wolves. He is officially available, and could be a great addition to the Knicks as their primary back up center to Tyson Chandler. With the trade of Marcus Camby and no other center on the roster...
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced their 2013 Summer League roster on Monday.
Shabazz Muhammad, Brandon Paul, Robbie Hummel, Gorgui Dieng and Lorenzo Brown headline the Wolves' roster.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Perhaps the least discussed top-of-the-line free agent on the market finally made a headline late Sunday night.
Multiple media reports indicated the Timberwolves extended a formal offer toward Nikola Pekovic, breaking the small amount of chatter surrounding Minnesota's gargantuan center. It's merely the first step toward the penultimate objective of retaining...
The Minnesota Timberwolves have made a formal offer to Nikola Pekovic believed to be worth $12 million or more annually.
Pekovic is a restricted free agent.
Pekovic is not believed to have been offered a deal by a rival team and the number of teams with sufficient cap space has decreased to one or two.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Three rookie draft picks, two former Big Ten stars and one Minnesota veteran highlight the Timberwolves' 2013 NBA Summer League roster, released Monday.
As expected, draft selections Shabazz Muhammad (first round, 14th overall), Gorgui Dieng (first, 21st) and Lorenzo Brown (second, 52nd) will join 12 other players in Las Vegas for a round-robin and subsequent tournament...
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Greg Stiemsma was just released by the Timberwolves on Sunday night. Stiemsma signed a two year $5.3 million contract with Minnesota before last year, but this season (and $2.7 mil) was non-guaranteed. The T-wolves had until July 17 to decide whether or not to pick up his option for 2013-14. Stiemsma's agent called it a "cap...