HoopsHype Leon Powe rumors


March 1, 2011 Updates
February 28, 2011 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets are one of the teams veteran forward Leon Powe may consider joining once he clears waivers on Tuesday, according to league sources. Powe, who was waived last week by the Cleveland Cavaliers, is also considering the Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. Though the trade deadline has passed, teams can sign players that have reached a buyout agreements with their existing teams or have been waived. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 27, 2011 Updates

Add New Orleans to the list of teams being considered by forward Leon Powe, if he clears waivers on Tuesday morning. Powe's agent, Aaron Goodwin, confirmed in an interview with FanHouse on Sunday the Hornets have entered the mix to land Powe, waived Thursday by Cleveland. In addition to the Hornets, Goodwin said he's also had preliminary conversations with Boston, New York and Memphis, teams previously identified as candidates. "New Orleans is a good young team that has a good chance to go to the playoffs,'' Goodwin said of why the Hornets appeal to Powe. "He would have a chance to play there.'' FanHouse.com

"We'd been trying to get Cleveland to let him go for over two months,'' Goodwin said. "For whatever reason, he just didn't fit in to (coach) Byron Scott's system.'' Asked why it took so long, Goodwin said his belief was the Cavaliers wanted to hold on to Powe through Thursday's trade deadline to use as a possible piece in a trade. After Powe wasn't dealt, he was waived. He will end up collecting his full $915,852 salary for the season. FanHouse.com

Powe's agent, Aaron Goodwin, confirmed Memphis is one of the teams his client would seriously consider. If the Griz are successful in luring Powe, then Rodney Carney would depart after his 10-day contract ends Wednesday. Memphis Commercial Appeal

February 26, 2011 Updates

Meanwhile, Boston will continue to monitor the buyouts going on around the league with eyes toward adding as many as two more players with its available roster spots. All eyes seem to be on Troy Murphy, the sharpshooting big man who was traded to Golden State this week and could wind up available. The Cavaliers waived old friend Leon Powe, and the Celtics could add some beef up front if they desired another undersized power forward (but there seems little reason to rush into that). Boston's antenna will be up on wings like Philadelphia's Jason Kapono, who would add even more depth at that swingman spot (and a 3-point threat). Everyone's watching the volatile situation in Detroit to see whether the likes of Rip Hamilton hit the open market. ESPN.com

I've been told Troy Murphy is headed (to Boston) way and I could see Leon Powe winding up back there, too, after buyouts. ESPN.com

“When you have a chance to get a new start during the season after you lost all those games, you always want to go to a playoff team to help them better themselves,” Powe said. “I could see myself back over there in Boston. I could see myself in a number of places though. I’m just trying to find a good fit with a playoff team. The team I was on, we were losing all kinds of games. I’m tired of losing.” Yahoo! Sports

February 25, 2011 Updates

Now he is looking to help another organization win, just as he did with the Celtics in 2008. While Powe is exploring all of his options as a free agent, he would be open to returning to the C’s. "I’ll be happy wherever I end up, but Boston is always holding a special place in my heart," Powe told CSNNE.com on Thursday evening. "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." CSNNE.com

February 24, 2011 Updates

Gary Washburn: Cavs just waived Leon Powe, opening up the possibility for a return to Boston Twitter

Mary Schmitt Boyer: These trades leave #Cavs with 16 players on roster. Must get roster to 15. Have talked with Leon Powe about buyout Twitter

February 23, 2011 Updates

Both Powe and Jamario Moon are expected to have their contracts bought out, rendering both free agents, but it won't happen before the trade deadline, a league source said. Powe quietly approached management earlier this season and asked to be moved if he wasn't going to play. His recurring knee troubles and lack of consistent playing time have stripped him of any real trade value, but he could help a contender as another big off the bench. ''We're trying to work on something,'' Powe said of a buyout. ''I want an opportunity to play. You brought me out here to play; you might as well just move me on.'' Akron Beacon Journal

February 22, 2011 Updates

Jason Lloyd: Powe in favor of buyout. Approached mgmnt earlier this year about moving on if he wasn't going to play. He just wants to play somewhere Twitter

January 24, 2011 Updates

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