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