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Powe Close To Deal With Cavs

In Free Agency on August 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Marc Spears reports

Free-agent forward Leon Powe will sign a two-year contract for the league minimum with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday if the team’s doctors are satisfied with the progress of his injured left knee, a league source said.

Powe tore his anterior cruciate ligament and cartilage in his knee during Game 2 of the Boston Celtics’ first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. He had reconstructive surgery on May 5 – his third major knee surgery – and has been rehabilitating in Los Angeles. Powe hopes to be back on the court by this season’s All-Star break, and the Cavaliers are willing to take a low-risk gamble on him pending the results of his physical.

The Cavaliers will hold the option for the contract’s second season.

This looks like an excellent signing for the Cavaliers. They’ll have a team option on that second season, which they’ll definitely use should Leon recover well, and they’ll be getting him at a bargain price.

Hopefully, Leon’s knee will satisfy the doctor’s examination.

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  1. Good for Powe.
    A little more financial security in case the obvious happens.

  2. Two interesting articles on Leon Powe leaving the Celtics — link one + link two — here’s an interesting quote from Powe’s agent:

    Goodwin said there were some mixed signals communicated from the organization to Powe.

    “I think there was a lot of confusion going on, in fairness to Danny Ainge,” Goodwin said. “I don’t think that they initially showed enough interest. I think at some point there was a desire for the Celtics to keep him, but I just think that it was a little late in the process.”

    Apparently, the Celtics made Powe the same offer in the end … but it was too little too late after their poor handling of Powe’s situation at the start of free agency.

    Update: Good interview with Leon Powe by Joshua Motenko

    Q: After the Cavs made their offer, did you start getting other offers?

    Powe: I got offers from Portland, Dallas, the Lakers said if they didn’t bring Odom back that there was definitely interest, Memphis, and then Boston made an offer, but I had already told Cleveland I was coming.

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