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NBA Rumors: Celtics' Greg Stiemsma Now Timberwolves Top Target?

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been rather active over the last few weeks as they've acquired Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger and sent a contract to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. The latest rumors involve someone with quite a bit less clout in NBA circles, but is still an interesting thing to think about.

The Timberwolves pushed their meeting with Boston Celtics shotblocker Greg Stiemsma from Friday to Saturday and, according to WEEI's Paul Flannery, the meetings went well.

The Timberwolves remain "very serious" about restricted free agent center Greg Stiemsma, according to a league source, despite not making an offer at this point. The Wolves have other free agent business with forward Nic Batum and there cap issues to juggle.

Minnesota has been talking with Stiemsma since free agency began and those talks picked up on Saturday. The 26-year old Stiemsma grabbed the Celtics' backup center job at midseason and emerged as one of the league's most prolific shot blockers. The Celtics extended a qualifying offer worth just over $1 million and can match an offer if one is extended.

Stiemsma was actually signed by the Timberwolves out of the D-League a couple seasons ago, but was never given a serious look and ended up instead making a decent impact this season with the Celtics.

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