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Greg Stiemsma formally signs deal with Timberwolves

Greg Stiemsma, Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma (54) reacts after a basket by the Atlanta Hawks as point guard Rajon Rondo, right, gathers the ball to inbound it during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Minnesota essentially swapped out Darko Milicic for Greg Stiemsma. That sounds like an upgrade to me.

We’ve known about Stiemsma coming to Minnesota for a while, but he officially put pen to paper on Thursday and was introduced to the Minnesota media. This is a two-year deal although there is a team option for the second year.

Stiemsma will come off the bench behind Nikola Pekovic, where he’ll blocks some shots, pick up some fouls and generally work really hard. All of which will win him fans. Just like in Boston they will love the Wisconsin native.

This is a great fit for the Wolves, it’s one of a few roster upgrades they have made this summer (adding Brandon Roy, plus Chase Budinger and more). This is a borderline playoff team in the West if they can stay healthy and come together under Rick Adelman. Well, that and play some defense. Which is where Stiemsma helps out.