NBA Notes: T-Wolves sign Stiemsma
While Arnett Moultrie and Maurice Harkless have ability, the Sixers' roster might be too congested for them to see significant playing time as rookies (see story)
Elsewhere, Carmelo Anthony scored an Olympic-record 37 points and Team USA scored the most points ever in an Olympic game in the U.S.'s 156-73 win over Nigeria (see game recap)
Now, here's some news and notes from around the NBA.
Stiemsma signs with Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves formally signed
Greg Stiemsma to a two-year contract on Thursday.
"You didn't have to twist my arm or convince me too hard to come to this part of the country," Stiemsma said. "It feels good to be wanted. It feels good to have all your hard work pay off."
The 6-11, 260-pound center scored 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 55 games with the Celtics last season.
Stiemsma was named the NBADL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 after he averaged 9.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Sioux Falls Sky Force.
He actually signed with the T-wolves in April and played for their summer league team but was waived before training camp in the fall. Rubio's recovery going well
Ricky Rubio is spending his summer recovering from ACL and LCL injuries.
According to Timberwolves general manager David Kahn, Rubio may be on the court by training camp.
"He will be with us in training camp, at practice, he’ll hopefully be able to do some non-contact things that month (October), but I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Kahn told Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune
. “It’s very important for him and for our team that he starts the season traveling, practicing, that he’s here. He won’t be that far away, although we’re not going to put any dates certain on anything. He’ll be everywhere we are.”
The T-wolves are being cautious not to rush Rubio back so he doesn't aggravate anything. Knicks like Kenyon Martin
The Knicks would like to add a backup power forward to their roster, and Kenyon Martin could be a nice fit.
However, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN
), Martin makes the most sense for the Knicks, but he won't sign a minimum deal.
Martin is beginning to run out of options. As PBT pointed out, the Warriors were interested but signed Carl Landry instead and the Clippers moved on as well.