Toronto has their young center of the future in Jonas Valanciunas, plus some other big men they like (Amir Johnson, Tyler Hansbrough, Patrick Paterson) but they could use a little depth in the “traditional center” department.
Enter Greg Stiemsma.
He has signed with the Raptors, the team announced Thursday. This is reportedly a one year, $1 million deal.
Last season Stiemsma had the chance to be the big man defensive center that New Orleans wanted to put next to Anthony Davis (a role now filled much better by Omer Asik). They just needed Stiemsma to defend and rebound, but the Pelicans were -8.8 per 100 when he was on the court, in part because Stiemsma was a turnover machine. More importantly he didn’t defend well (but did foul a lot).
Toronto is a playoff team and in the second tier in the East — they see themselves as a potential top four seed with home court in the first round and advancing to the second at least. That’s a good goal.
If you see a lot of Stiemsma on the court, they’re not going to make it. But if he is just that big at the end of the bench used situationally (behind Chuck Hayes), at this price it’s a fine pickup.