Former Celtic Leon Powe was collateral damage to the Semih Erden, Luke Harangody trade yesterday between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers as the trade put Cleveland over the 15 player roster maximum. The Cavaliers waived Leon Powe on Thursday making him a free agent and able to sign with a team of his choosing.
Powe, who has not played since January 5th due to injury, would welcome a return to Boston where he quickly became a fan favorite with his hard work and determination on the defensive end. Said Powe: “I’ll be happy wherever I end up, but Boston is always holding a special place in my heart, 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.”
The return of Powe sounds great, but realistically Powe would need to be healthy enough to contribute before the Celtics would even think of signing him. Powe signed with Cleveland as a free agent in 2009 and managed to appear in just 34 games battling a host of injuries.
Assuming Powe is healthy, the move would make sense should the Celtics not be able to round out the roster with players bought out of their current contracts. The money for Powe would be short, but could pay off huge since he is familiar with the system and excels on the defensive end of the floor.