As expected, the Celtics made a qualifying offer to Greg Stiemsma worth just over $1 million dollars, ensuring that he will be a restricted free agent on July 1 and giving the team the right to match any offer he receives. Stiemsma could sign the offer or work out a longer-term contract with the team. If another team signs him to an offer sheet, the Celtics will have three days to match.
The 26-year-old Stiemsma appeared in 55 games and emerged in the second half of the season as the Celtics' most reliable reserve big man, averaging 2.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, while blocking 85 shots. He battled a foot injury throughout the season and the playoffs that limited his effectiveness, but he ranked as one of the pleasant surprises for the C's last season.
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