A couple of links from around the internet this Thursday morning, as we await the any new moves out of Celtics camp during the dog days of August.
Kevin Henkin of CSNNE has a very interesting look at the debate between backup power forwards Leon Powe and Glen Davis. An excerpt from his piece:
Davis was an emotional player, prone to bouts of pouting (and even crying on one noteworthy occasion) when things weren’t going his way whereas Powe was more known for his steady head-down determination. Davis, despite his girth, was more of a finesse player who unveiled a new mid-range jumper which allowed the Celtics to spread the floor on offense whereas Powe was a straight-up power player, a more effective rebounder with more of back-to-the-basket game. Neither were as of yet consistently effective team and man-up defenders although Powe had an uncanny knack for drawing offensive fouls.
I have always been a Leon Powe man myself and still find myself to be overly optimistic about his prospects of a strong return after another major knee injury in what likely be some other uniform besides a Celtics one. My question though for you guys is if both men had remained healthy during this season and only one could be brought back, which one would you have gone with, Leon or Baby?
One other article of note this morning comes from Rob Finnan of The News Herald indicating that the Cavs are likely not interested in veteran small forward Bruce Bowen.
This development may increase the likelihood that Bowen ends up in Boston as Cleveland was one of the three teams along with the C’s and Orlando that showed interest in the 38 year old forward. The Celtics roster space is extremely limited right now with the addition of Shelden Williams and the impending acquisition of Marquis Daniels, leaving them one or at the most two open roster spots to work with. Here’s what I wrote regarding such a move last week:
The Celtics would need to clear some more roster space and glut at the SF position. With the acquisition of Daniels, the depth chart at the position is fairly deep with the multi-talented Daniels, Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens rounding up the bench for the 3 spot.
The addition of Bruce Bowen would only seem to make sense if the crowd at the position would be broken up. That could be done in two ways.
1) The trading of Walker and/or Giddens
2) The shifting of Marquis Daniels to be the primary backup PG
The 2nd option is the more intriguing but unlikely option to me. Daniels has shown the capability to play point throughout his career, but his time at the spot has been limited the past couple seasons in Indiana. With a lackluster guard market out there, it will be intriguing to see if Doc Rivers would want Daniels to perform some duties at the 1 with the bench if the team were to acquire Bowen.
Now with even less space on the roster, should the C’s try to make a run at Bowen or hold out for a veteran at another position with fewer miles on them than the 38 year old Bowen?