NBA free agency 2013: Greg Stiemsma drawing interest from 12 teams, according to report

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Despite being waived by the Timberwolves earlier in the offseason, Stiemsma is a wanted man for his defensive presence around the rim.

Free agent center Greg Stiemsma is drawing interest from as many as 12 teams, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. Stiemsma was waived earlier this offseason by the Timberwolves after just one season in Minnesota.

It is unclear which teams are currently pursuing him, although Amick did list the New Orleans Pelicans as one of his potential suitors.

Stiemsma, 27, played overseas after not being drafted out of the University of Wisconsin. He spent a year in Turkey and South Korea before returning to the United States to play in the D-League. After failing to stick with an NBA franchise, he returned to Turkey in 2010-11. He finally made his NBA debut in 2011 with the Celtics. He spent last season with the Timberwolves, averaging 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game while playing about 16 minutes a night.

The report of 12 teams showing interest in Stiemsma is not a surprise. He's regarded as a solid defender and shot blocker around the rim, and given that he is still relatively young and will not command a large contract, teams will waste no time calling his agent.

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