The Toronto Raptors already have a tough frontcourt that doesn't shy away from contact inside. With Jonas Valanciunas getting bigger and better every year, Amir Johnson being a strong player inside, and the reckless toughness of Tyler Hansbrough on the roster, the Raptors are ready to defend, hack, and battle you inside. They're adding even more depth to the tough interior players.
The Raptors announced on Thursday they've agreed to terms on a contract with Greg Stiemsma. The 28-year old center out of Wisconsin will be one of the backups to Valanciunas and be a rim protector for Toronto. From the team:
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed free-agent centre Greg Stiemsma (STEEMS-muh). Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.
Stiemsma will be entering his fourth NBA season in the league and joining his fourth NBA team. He started his career with the Boston Celtics in 2011-12, played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012-13, and then spent time with the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2013-14 season. Stiemsma is one of the better shot blockers per minute over the last three years and isn't afraid to put his nose in the middle of rough play.
Last season, he averaged 2.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 18.3 minutes. He played in 55 games for the Pelicans and started 20 of them.