Report: Magic nearing contract with Greg Stiemsma


The Magic have a little room to round out their regular-season roster.

They have 13 players with guaranteed salaries plus Melvin Ejim ($150,000 guaranteed), Keith Appling (partially guaranteed), Devyn Marble (unguaranteed) and Jordan Sibert (unclear guarantee). I doubt Appling and Sibert got substantial guarantee’s, and Ejim isn’t prohibitive.

Marble is the only of the four with NBA experience, and he played just 16 games for Orlando last season after going No. 56 in the 2014 draft. The other three would be rookies.

The group will probably have to compete with an NBA veteran – Greg Stiemsma.

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN:

Stiemsma made an impression in the league as a shot-blocker, but he didn’t block a single shot for the Raptors last season. He played just 66 minutes in 17 games, but that should tell you something about where Stiemsma is now.

The Magic are pretty well set at center with Nikola Vucevic, Jason Smith and Dewayne Dedmon. With several players capable of playing power forward – Channing Frye, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Nicholson and Tobias Harris – Orlando probably won’t play big much, either.

That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Stiemsma uses his experience to outplay his competition in training camp. With a win-now coach like Scott Skiles, that could get Stiemsma onto the regular-season roster.