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Source: Powe to sign two year deal with Cavs

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.