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Now that the Portland Trail Blazers will likely match Nicolas Batum’s offer sheet, the Minnesota Timberwolves should have enough money to sign Greg Stiemsma. And the Wolves reportedly believe they will. (ESPN 1050)
The Wolves expect to get restricted free agent center Greg Stiemsma. Boston is over the cap, so the Wolves feel like they will be able to structure the contract in a fashion such that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge won’t be able to match.
If Stiemsma signs an offer sheet with Minnesota that exceeds $1.957 million in the first year (the bi-annual exception), the Celtics will be powerless to match and they will lose the next Bill Russell. I’ll hate to see Stiemsma go (partially because I’ll miss the “Stiemboat” whistle at the TD Garden), but he’s as good as gone and has been for weeks.Also from the link above, the Timberwolves are expected to show interest in Courtney Lee. David Kahn is doing his best to be a thorn in Danny Ainge’s side, but at least he amnestied Darko Milicic so the Celtics can make a run at him?Oy vey.(h/t CelticsBlog)
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According to a report from Darren Wolfson of ESPN, the Timberwolves expect to sign restricted free agent center Greg Stiemsma.
Stiemsma, who averaged 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 55 games with the Celtics as a rookie in 2011-12, visited with the Timberwolves at the start of the free-agency period. Wolfson reports that because the Celtics are over...
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The Celtics roster is almost complete. The Jason Terry and Jeff Green deals are being finalized soon enough, meaning our roster looks like this right now:
Guards: Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry
Wings: Paul Pierce, Jeff Green
Bigs: Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger, JaJuan Johnson, Fab Melo, Chris Wilcox
Non-Guaranteed: E’Twaun Moore, Sean Williams...
In a report today on OregonLive.com Daniel Mediate and other PDX media members caught up with Nicolas Batum as he arrived back in Portland from Europe.
With the Blazers saying they would match a HUGE offer sheet from the Timberwolves for four-year, $46.5 million Batum suggests he's fine with a match.
"I'm very happy about it," Batum...
Sitting on the ledge in the front room of my house are a pair of white and red Adidas shoes. This certain pair of Adidas is a size 16 and have an inscription on the back of each shoe, “Frenchy 88”. Along the outside of each shoe is a signature in black sharpie. The shoes, inscription and signature belong to small forward Nicolas Batum.
Being a columnist and trying not to be...
MINNEAPOLIS Portland had until 10:59 p.m. Wednesday to match the Timberwolves' reported four-year, 46.5 million offer to small forward Nicolas Batum. Just after 4 p.m., it announced its decision.Batum will remain a Trail Blazer. Minnesota can begin to move on, to pick up the pieces after this weeks-long soap opera.Portland had been adamant for weeks that it would match any offer...
The Portland Trail Blazers matched the offer sheet given to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum on Wednesday. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey told reporters at the Las Vegas Summer League that they will honor the four-year deal worth $46.5 million given to Batum by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Batum averaged 13.9 points last season with Portland. The T-Wolves had been trying...
MINNEAPOLIS Just hours after Martell Webster cleared waivers at 4 p.m. on Sunday, the Minnesota Timberwolves signed restricted free agent Nicolas Batum to an offer sheet.
The Timberwolves would not confirm the terms of the offer sheet, but multiple reports have cited it as a four-year, 46.5 million deal. The Portland Trail Blazers received the signed offer sheet on Sunday evening...
The Blazers have officially matched the four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet Nicolas Batum signed with the Wolves.
The Blazers have until Wednesday to match Minnesota's offer to Nicolas Batum.
The Portland Trail Blazers have officially matched the Minnesota Timberwolves four-year, $46 million deal for restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. The decision was announced by Portland general manager Neil Olshey this afternoon, ended weeks of posturing by Olshey, Minnesota GM David Kahn and Bouna Ndiaye (Batum's agent), with Olshey following through on his pre-free agency promise...
Who’s It Going to Be?
The Trail Blazers team is finally coming together.
The draft is over, and by the end of today we’ll know if Nicolas Batum is the starting small forward or not.
All that’s left is that little thing of finding a head coach.
It’s been four months since Nate McMillan was fired, and the team has yet to find a new head coach. Interim coach Caleb Kanales...