Rookie Powell hopes to stay put

Brian Babineau/Getty Images

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Rookie Dwight Powell is hoping for an extended stay in Boston, but forgive him if he waits a bit before enlisting the services of a real estate agent. Traded twice since June, including on draft night, Powell knows the life of a second-round pick can be extremely fluid.

"Day 1 of my pro career I learned a lesson: Just take it one day at a time," said Powell. "So, as for right now, I'm in a hotel. Just taking it one day at a time."

Drafted 45th overall by the Charlotte Hornets, Powell was informed immediately that he was on the move to Cleveland. But that deal got altered before it became official and Powell was stuck in limbo until after the NBA's moratorium lifted.

Rookie Dwight Powell has already impressed the Celtics coaching staff. "He has made a lot of little things happen that have caught our attention," said Brad Stevens.

Powell spent a couple of months with the Cavaliers this summer, including appearing in three games with their summer league team. He inked his rookie deal in late August, but couldn't exhale as he was shipped to Boston late last month as part of a swap that saw the Celtics send out Keith Bogans' nonguaranteed contract.

Even though the first year of Powell's rookie pact is guaranteed, he isn't out of the woods quite yet. The Celtics essentially have 17 players competing for 15 regular-season spots, and Powell could still be cut or -- gulp -- traded again if he can't fight his way onto the final roster.

Boston's logjammed frontcourt is conspiring against the 23-year-old Stanford product, but he's made a favorable impression on the team in the early stages of training camp. And the fact that Boston was willing to take on his guaranteed money (he'll earn $507,336 this season) as part of the Cleveland swap suggests the Celtics desire to keep him on the roster if other moves can be made.

"I really like him. In fact, I think he's one of the guys -- and maybe it's just because I didn't know him as well -- but he's impressed me in the first five days because it's hard to come into this spot and then all of a sudden hit the ground running as a rookie," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "He really doesn't try to do too much, he stays within what he does well, which is hard to do when you're trying to impress people to make a team. He has made a lot of little things happen that have caught our attention.

"Dwight has gotten nothing but positive reviews from our staff."

(Read full story)