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Leon Powe Returning To Boston?

How about the return of old friend Leon Powe to ease the sting of Kendrick Perkins’ departure?

Powe and Pau

Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears was on WEEI’s Big Show this afternoon and suggested that it’s a distinct possibility. Paul Flannery has the writeup:

Spears said that he talked to former Celtic Leon Powe who was waived by Cleveland and that Powe wants to return to the team. “The Celtics are the front-runners for him. New York and the Lakers are also interested in him. Leon says his knees are fine and he can really help the team right now and he knows the system.”

It’s unclear how much interest Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers have in the PF, who played a key role off the bench in the 2008 championship but who has undergone multiple knee surgeries since then, and has seen precious little floor time in Cleveland. Rivers loved Powe during his time in Boston, and he’s a great fit from a chemistry perspective but it’s also unclear how much he could give the Celtics.

One thing we know for sure is that Ainge won’t be swayed by nostalgia or emotion, particularly given that the Boston frontline has other injury risks amongst its bigs. You may remember that after Powe suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2009 playoffs, Ainge declined to re-sign Powe, despite Rivers’ public statements that he wanted him back anyway.

  • Batman

    Don't resign him
    Great guy but won't help

  • bohaterewicz

    Coming off yet another surgery. Washed up, won't help. But i recently watched series against Cavs in 2008, man, he was a beast.

  • kricky

    Well it's only one roster spot. It may help from a team morale standpoint as I am sure he is well liked by the guys.

    • talesofJP

      exactly my thinking. bring Powe, Murphy, and a SG/Wing type player aboard.

  • ryan

    If we don't get Troy Murphy I think he could be an option

  • Stephen

    If you can sign Poe—-You do it. If anyhing it would be a big morale boost for the team.At first I was floored that the C's let Perk go, but then letting Erden go as well has left the C's too thin amongst the bigs. Ainge has some stuff up his sleeve—He wouldn't let 2 bigs go unless there was more coming

  • I_Love_Green

    Too many knee injuries to help us now. And bad news on the Murphy front: He may not be bought out.
    http://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/41264773

    • dslack

      That's not what I wanted to hear.

      • talesofJP

        Ditto, thats not good at all. I think we need to sign Powe just in case we can't get Murphy. We need the help up front especially right now.

  • TedL

    Great guy, not a useful ball player anymore. I suppose he could play the Scalabrine role, but that's about it.

  • kricky

    If we can't get Murphy who else is out there? I don't think Sac wants to buy out Dalembert. Ditto Portland with Camby.

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeed? Jesus. Say it ain't so.

    • somguyinsac

      Nope, Sac is trying to keep Dalembert so I don't see him as an option.

      • Chris O

        That sucks, initial reports were Dalembert and/or Camby could be bought out. Without 2 of these 4, Dalembert, Camby, Sheed, Murphy the C's are in trouble.

  • Razah

    Said it before….I LOVE POWE. As a poster stated up above, if anything it will boost morale as he's well liked by the guys. If DA's plan B, C fails like getting Murphy, i'd be all for it.

  • Celtics Freak

    HAS ANYONE HEARD THOSE STUPID RUMORS ON ESPN THAT THIS SUMMER CELTICS WILL GO AFTER DWIGHT HOWARD…..AHHH WHAT IF THOSE CAME TRUE

    • kricky

      I think I maybe, maybe would be able to get over Perk being traded.

      • Tom W

        At the time? Maybe. For now, I'd rather have Perk dammit.

    • Chris O

      Its supposed to be true. But its supposed to be in 2012 they are gonna make a run at him, leaving a youth movement of Dwight, Rondo, Green, with Pierce being old but on contract, maybe resign KG and Ray Ray to really short $$$ at that point. Would be interesting.

      • talesofJP

        That would be incredible, would we be able to keep Big Baby in that case? Also, not sure on how D12 would feel about being in Green. Maybe a "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" type of thing though.

        • Celtics Freak

          WHO CARES IF WE CAN KEEP BIG BABY OR NOT, HAVIND HOWARD WOULD BE A MIRACLE AND WOULD MAKE US DEFINITELY THE TEAM TO BE SCARED OF

          • Razah

            Too right…..screw Baby.

  • Rob

    If we don’t get Murphy things are gonna get bad. I don’t know much about him I know he can shoot and is a good 6 11 but what about his defense and does he have 3 point range?

    • Chris O

      He has ok range (from 3 if needed). Good rebounder, terrible defender. Short and small as a center but good sized power forward.

  • Ryan DeGama

    RT STEIN_LINE_HQ Marc Stein
    Fully expect Powe back in Boston — told Celts operating under belief it's a done deal — but heard tonight NYK and now Memphis still tryin

  • Zack D

    Does any have faith in Jermain oneal?

    • kricky

      I think he actually played pretty well when he was on the floor this year. He rebounded the ball, blocked shots and gave them a big body of a presence on D.

      But he and the Cs handled the injury poorly. He should have just had surgery right at the beginning of the year and he'd probably be on his way back right now. As things stand I don't think we can expect him back.

    • Chris O

      His mama does…

  • Annoyer6859

    The Celtics want Troy Murphy not Powe. Troy Murphy will be the difference in the Celtics winning their 18th NBA championship. Troy is one of the few players who plays the game like it should be played. He can hit the 3point shot and also average 10 rebounds a game. Danny Aige knows the value of getting Troy in a Boston Celtics uniform. I would like to wish Troy Murphy the best of luck when he joins the Celtics. I know he will make a huge contribution to the team. Troy has never played in an NBA playoff game. Now, hopefully he will get his first NBA Championship ring. Good luck.

  • Jason

    Who knows if Powe can play. He never got a chance in Cleveland. But the Celtics have 3 spots and they need to add at least two bigs. So if not Powe, then who? At least Powe replaces what Erden gave them – 6 fouls…

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