To close out the holiday weekend, the Timberwolves officially announced that they have waived Center Greg Stiemsma and Forward Mickael Gelabale. Neither of these moves should really be too surprising for Timberwolves fans, but here was the official news from the Timberwolves PR Twitter account:
ROSTER MOVES: #Twolves announce the team has waived center Greg Stiemsma and forward Michael Gelabale.
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) July 7, 2013
First, in regard to Greg Stiemsma, there simply isn’t enough room on the roster for him. Given the presumed return of Nikola Pekovic, the drafting of Gorgui Dieng, and the guaranteed (and cheaper) contract of Chris Johnson, there really wasn’t an easier solution for the front office. You have to assume at this point that the club has done their homework and will be comfortable matching any offer that comes to Pekovic. Which of course is a good thing.
Pups fans shouldn’t be shocked to see Mickael Gelabale on the move either. Gelabale had a respectable half of a season with the team, after signing on with the club in January. After signing two 10 day contracts with the team, Gelabale was signed for the rest of the season on February 8th. Due to this past season’s injury debacle, there was a significant stint of playing time for Mickael in the early months. However, once Chase Budinger returned to the lineup, Gelabale’s role diminished.
I don’t think you can find a single bad thing written about either of these guys. They both seemed to be likeable guys and good teammates. Here’s hoping that they both catch on with another NBA team. I don’t envision this being a problem for Stiemsma at all, but Gelabale might have less luck finding a club to stick with, and might wind up back overseas. Perhaps he can sign on with the handful of teams that are clearly going to be in a rebuilding/transition mode this coming season.
Good luck to both Greg and Mickael in the next step of their professional careers. For us Wolves fans, let’s just hope that nothing goes awry with the Pekovic negotiations.