Posted by Royce Young
The Grizzlies are trying to get deeper on the front line as they'll sign recently bought out Leon Powe, according to NBA.com.
Memphis traded Hasheem Thabeet at the deadline for a wing player in Shane Battier, so the Grizzlies were in the market for a little extra interior toughness and depth. Right now, behind Zach Randolph the Grizzlies have Darrell Arthur, but behind Mac Gasol, only have Hamed Haddadi. So clearly, Powe will make an impact.
Rodney Carney was released earlier Thursday by Memphis to make room for Powe.
The Grizzlies are currently in eighth in the West at 34-28, but the Suns and Jazz are both only a few games back. The Battier trade was made to help make a push to the postseason, but it sacrificed some of their size. And the difference between Powe and Thabeet is, Powe can actually contribute something.
Powe is just now returning from another major knee injury and has only appeared in 14 games this season, all for Cleveland. He was a pretty well sought after buyout target though as New Orleans, , New York, Orlando and Miami all were said to be interested.
Powe's agent Aaron Goodwin said despite Powe's knee problems that he's healthy and ready to contribute.
"He's had knee problems," Goodwin said. "But when he's healthy, he's a bull. You know what you're getting. That's how you have to look at it."