Greg Stiemsma is still a member of the Celtics, and while his contract doesn't become guaranteed until Friday, he passed through Tuesday's deadline without hitting the waiver wire, which is a good indication that he'll be with the team for the rest of the season. Stiemsma is the only player on the 15-man roster who doesn't have a guaranteed contract.
The 26-year-old made the team out of camp and got off to a fast start, scoring 13 points against the Wizards. Since then he's scored only eight points in 15 games and he lost his backup center role to Chris Wilcox. But in limited minutes he's shown an ability to rebound and block shots, making him a nice complementary big man at a low cost.
"First of all, he’s a good spirit," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "The guy never complains, does his work every single day. And secondly, he does give us an option. He’s a shot blocker, and he can actually make shots as well. We have a great group. We really do. Our locker room is absolutely phenomenal, and he just adds into that. He can play. That’s the main thing. If he couldn’t play, but he’s a great guy, we’d probably send him on his way, but he can actually play. And he’s a big guy that can play, and we’re just hope we can keep developing him to make him a better player."
With Stiemsma sticking around, the Celtics are at the 15-man roster limit.
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