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Source: Powe to sign two year deal with Cavs

Posted By Jessica Camerato On August 11, 2009 @ 9:43 pm In General | 3 Comments

A source familiar with the negotiations has confirmed to WEEI.com that former Celtics [1] forward Leon Powe [2] is in Cleveland and will sign a two-year deal with the Cavaliers [3] upon the completion of the second part of his physical on Wednesday.

After establishing himself as a reliable contributor on the Celtics bench, Powe’s future was in question following a string of knee injuries last season. After missing 13 games with a right knee injury, Powe tore the ACL in his left knee during Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls [4]. He missed the remainder of the postseason.

This summer the Celtics chose not to exercise their option on Powe’s contract, making the injured 25-year-old an unrestricted free agent in a tumultuous economy. According to the source, Powe is expected to return in February. (The Cavaliers will make their first trip to Boston on February 25 for a nationally televised game on TNT.) While he may not have an impact for the first half of the season, a championship contending team like the Cavaliers could benefit from his playoff experience down the stretch.

Powe was drafted by the Denver Nuggets [5] with the 49th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The Celtics acquired his draft rights in exchange for a future second round pick. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds during his three-year career in Boston, while posting 5.0 points and 2.8 boards in 25 playoff games.

Powe is the founder of Fresh Start Family Services [6], a non-profit organization in the Bay Area which provides support and education for children who, like himself, are growing up in the foster care system. He will participate in a series of basketball camps and community events [7] this weekend in California.


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[4] Chicago Bulls: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chicago-bulls.htm

[5] Denver Nuggets: http://media.weei.com/basketball/denver-nuggets.htm

[6] Powe is the founder of Fresh Start Family Services: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/celtics/jessica-camerato/2009/05/13/powe-i-will-try-save-everybody

[7] basketball camps and community events: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2009/07/01/powe-sponsoring-basketball-camp/

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