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On To The Next One: Greg Stiemsma

Apr 17, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma (34) dunks as San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) looks on during the second half at the AT&T Center. The Timberwolves won 108-95. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma is now represented by Priority Sports & Entertainment. Photo Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma has done his fair share of traveling.  Since leaving the University of Wisconsin after playing four years at the school, Stiemsma was a nomad playing for a variety of teams abroad.  He played for a couple of teams in both Turkey and South Korea with some stints in the D-League mixed in between.  Eventually, he found a home with the Boston Celtics, but in August 2012 ventured off to play for the Timberwolves.

Stiemsma signed a 2-year, $5.27 million deal with the Timberwolves; however, his guaranteed salary for the 2013-14 season may be eliminated by the team if they choose to decline their option for the forthcoming season.  If the Timberwolves keep Stiemsma, he will be paid more than $2 million for the season.

Meanwhile, Stiemsma has picked up new representation.  He was formerly represented by Chicago, Illinois-based basketball agent Mike Naiditch.  He is now represented by Priority Sports & Entertainment.  Should the Timberwolves opt not to pick up their option on Stiemsma, Priority Sports will be responsible to find and negotiate his next deal and earn a commission therefrom.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.