MINNEAPOLIS This summer, the man who's played basketball everywhere from South Korea to South Dakota only had to hop in his car.
It was less than a four-hour drive for Greg Stiemsma to his meetings with the Timberwolves in Minneapolis during free agency this summer. No plane ticket was necessary, and so the man accustomed to living time zones away from his Wisconsin home had only to fill up his gas tank. It was odd, for sure, and almost unfathomable for a player whom few outside of Wisconsin had heard of a year ago.
Before the 2012 offseason, free agent was a word that struck fear into Stiemsma's mind. He was a perennial free agent, it seemed, going from undrafted to the D-League to overseas. Free agent meant uncertainty and the chance to be cut, another new team, another new place. But this summer, free agency wasn't that bad.
Sure, Stiemsma's former team, the Celtics, couldn't bring him back after his breakout season, but that was due to salary cap constraints, not a lack of d...