HoopsHype Greg Stiemsma rumors
``We’ve got guys that can score and get up and down the floor,'' Stiemsma said. ``Obviously Anthony (Davis) can block shots. That's what it means to be a physical presence inside, not let the (opponent) get anything easy. I kind of take it personally to own the paint. I’m definitely looking for big things this year for myself personally. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a young team that’s building and trying to turn around a franchise. I think we have the right pieces to do that and hopefully I can fit in with that pretty well.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune
Marc Stein: Hearing Pelicans have moved into pole position to land freshly minted free-agent center Greg Stiemsma. More than 10 teams interested Twitter @ESPNSteinLine
On Sunday, they waived center Greg Stiemsma and swingman Mickael Gelabale in two salary-cap moves designed to clear space to allow them to sign free agents Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger as well as bring back Pekovic on a four-year deal that likely will be worth $12 million a year or more. They also continue to try to trade guards J.J. Barea and/or Luke Ridnour in an attempt to create more cap space to add another two players through signing or trades. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
They're trying to trade Luke Ridnour and/or J.J. Barea to clear one of their $4 million-plus salaries and will waive backup center Greg Stiemsma before his $2.5 million contract becomes guaranteed for next season. If they can include Chris Johnson's contract -- David Kahn signed him for next season unannounced before he was fired in April -- they certainly will, too. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The Wolves have until July 17 to exercise an option on center Greg Stiemsma's contract for next year. They have until July 22 to do the same with wing Mickaël Gelabale. One or both could be used in a trade in the coming weeks. They both have value as essentially expiring contracts. 1500 ESPN
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves notes unearthed: Stiemsma's deal becomes fully guaranteed for '13-'14 if on the roster July 17. Gelabale same deal, date: July 22. Twitter @DarrenWolfson
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