Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cleveland is interested in former Celtic Leon Powe

By Anthony Caruso III

While the Cleveland Cavaliers lost out on signing some of the marquee free-agents this off-season after teaming Shaquille O'Neal with LeBron James, the Cavaliers are interested in signing Leon Powe. Powe was not retained by the Boston Celtics, even after being a restricted free agent. With with Rasheed Wallace going to Boston, it has basically sealed Powe's fate as the odd-man out.

Starting in place of the injured Kevin Garnett on March 13th, 2009, he scored a career-high 30 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high 5 blocks against the Memphis Grizzlies. But he would spend the rest of the season trying to recover from a right knee strain. He would return in time for the playoffs, but tore his ACL and meniscus in his left knee in Game 2 of the first-round match-up with the Chicago Bulls. He had successful surgery to repair the injury on May 5th.

Powe, who is expected to miss the first few games of the NBA season, would come to Cleveland and compete for the starting power forward position. Cleveland is likely to lose both of their power forwards from last season through free agency. Joe Smith and Anderson Varejão are both free agents and are not likely to return.

Powe was making nearly $800 thousand last season. It's likely he will not make much more than that after his injury. He was looking to make more than that if he did not get hurt.

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