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The Celtics could use a low-cost option like Leon Powe on their bench.Our good friend Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles talked to Leon Powe at a D-League game Monday night and the former Celtics reserve big man suggested he was looking at Boston and Memphis as potential destinations for the 2011-12 season.
Powe played 16 games for the Grizzlies after being waived by the Cavaliers last season (ironically, it was Boston's trade deadline swap that sent Luke Harangody and Semih Erden to Cleveland that forced Powe out there). He appeared in only 30 games overall last year and has been limited to 50 contests since departing Boston following the 2008-09 season. Even still, he'd be a good low-cost fit on the Boston bench.
During his final season in Boston, Powe averaged a career-best 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds over 17.5 minutes per game in 70 appearances. The year before he was a key contributor during the Celtics' title run.
Knee troubles have plagued him and durability would be a concern. But since when has health stopped Boston from signing a big man (right, J.O. and Shaq?)
Powe isn't the best post-up defender, but he's good against the pick-and-roll and holds his own overall. Offensively, he's still a threat in the post despite giving up size and he really thrives rolling to the basket (according to Synergy Sports stats, Powe ranked in the 99th percentile among pick-and-roll finishers, though the sample size was small with only 12 plays in 14 games).
Considering the money that most serviceable bigs will command on the open market, the Celtics would be well-served to ink a player that's well regarded in the locker room and would have little trouble jumping into a familiar system, even if for just limited minutes off the bench.
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