Greg Stiemsma is a D-League success story, plain and simple. He went from winning the D-League defensive player of the year award, to getting a camp invite from the Celtics, to making the team, to winning playing time (in part due to injuries), to being a difference maker for the team. We'll need him to keep making strides and contributing in the playoffs. And hopefully we'll be able to see him around even longer than that.
Stiemsma will be a restricted free agent this summer with a qualifying offer worth $1.05 million. After traveling through Europe and the NBA Development League for years, the 26-year-old center would like to return next season to the team that gave him his first shot in the NBA. “Oh yeah, absolutely,” Stiemsma told CSNNE.com. “Next year’s going to kind of take care of itself, I’m hoping, so I’m not getting too worried about it yet. But at the same time, with everything that I’ve learned from these guys and this organization, I’d love to come back.”
And I'd love to have him back. You don't find effective 7 footers every day. He seems like a keeper.