Tag:Leon Powe
Posted on: March 3, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 7:13 pm

Report: Leon Powe to sign with Memphis

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."
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Posted on: February 25, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 4:06 pm

Leon Powe could sign with Celtics next week

Posted by Royce Young

The Cavaliers waived forward Leon Powe Thursday (he'll likely clear waivers Monday), clearing room for new additions added in a series of trades at the deadline. As a result, the veteran is now available to the highest bidder and one team that's likely interested is the one where he made his biggest mark.

And a team that could certainly use his help.

The Boston Celtics will probably be at the top of Powe's list according to NBA.com. Doc Rivers was a huge fan of his during his time on the championship Celtic team and as a big body, he's someone the Celtics certainly could use after Thursday's events.

Boston is significantly smaller after trading Semih Erden, Luke Harangody and Kendrick Perkins Thursday. They have a roster spot available to make a move and while they did sign D-Leaguer Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract, that's likely temporary.

The issue with Powe is his health, as he's dealt with two major knee injuries over the past few years. But if he's healthy enough to provide some minutes of the bench, he will absolutely make an impact on this Celtics team heading into the postseason.

The concern is what his condition will be. He's played some this year, but tore his meniscus back in January and was out six weeks. The Celtics are also reportedly looking at Troy Murphy as well to bring in. So options are there.

"I'll be happy wherever I end up, but Boston is always holding a special place in my heart," Powe told CSNNE.com Thursday night. "The fans were so good to me, everybody up there was so nice, and it would be a great thing to return back to the Celtics if I could."

Other teams like the Magic and Knicks are also said to be interested and they'll likely be willing to pay the price to get him too. Both teams are in desperate need of help on the interior, so there might be a bit of bidding going on for the services of Powe.
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 7:33 pm

Cavs forward Leon Powe undergoes knee surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Leon Powe underwent knee surgery on Friday and is expected to miss six weeks. Posted by Ben Golliver. leon-powe

Leon Powe made his name as a member of the 2007-2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics, but a torn left ACL derailed his future in Boston. In the summer of 2009, he signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Unfortunately, a knee injury has befallen Powe once again, as the Plain-Dealer reports that Powe underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee that was discovered during an MRI on Friday. He is expected to miss six weeks. 

Powe, a 27 year-old forward in his fifth NBA season, is averaging 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game off of Cleveland's bench. The Cavaliers take a "by committee" approach to their frontcourt and coach Byron Scott has plenty of forwards that have been in the rotation that can help pick up the slack. 

The Cavaliers hold the worst record in both the Central Division and the Eastern Conference, at 8-27 on the season.
Posted on: January 1, 2011 8:15 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 8:19 pm

Varejao to miss 2 games with broken cheekbone

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao suffered a broken cheekbone and is expected to miss two games. Posted by Ben Golliver. anderson-varejao

The Cleveland Cavaliers are terrible, and their 2011 is off to an even worse start, as their best player, forward Anderson Varejao, is expected to miss at least two games with a broken cheekbone.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the injury suffered during Wednesday night's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats
Wednesday, he finally suffered a blow that he can’t play through: a fractured cheek. It came from an inadvertent swipe from Charlotte and former Cavs center DeSagana Diop, and it didn’t even force Varejao out of the game. His face swelled up on the flight home, however. Varejao will miss not only today’s game at Chicago but also will be out Sunday’s home game against Dallas.
“He never says anything about [injuries],” said Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, who didn’t know Varejao was injured during the game. “Every now and then, he’ll come and say, ‘Coach, this is hurting.’ He’ll have a list of things that are bothering him. But then he’ll get on the floor, and he just goes at it.”
News-Herald.com notes that Varejao will be fitted with a protective mask before he is allowed to return to the court and could miss longer than the two weekend games. 

The Cavaliers have no replacement for his energy, hustle and rebounding ability, but will go with a smaller lineup featuring a big man rotation of Antawn Jamison, Leon Powe and J.J. Hickson in Varejao's absence.
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