Leon Powe, a key frontcourt reserve on the Celtics' 2007-08 championship team, is apparently close to joining one of their expected competitors for the NBA crown next season.
According to a report by Brian Windhorst in the Cleveland Plain Dealer this morning, the Cavaliers and Powe have agreed on the "framework" of a two-year contract.
According to the report, Powe, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the Celtics' first-round playoff series versus Chicago, is expected to meet with Cavs team doctors today. The deal could become official as soon as today.
Powe, who has had three major knee injuries since his senior year of high school, is expected to return sometime around the All-Star break.
The three-year veteran out of Cal parted ways with the team that had chosen him in the second round of the 2006 draft when the Celtics declined to make him a qualifying offer in June.
According to the report, the Celtics had hoped to sign him again once he returned to health, but that option seemed to become unlikely yesterday when the Celtics signed free agent Shelden Williams and retained veteran Glen "Big Baby" Davis, giving the club remarkable front-court depth behind starters Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins and sixth man Rasheed Wallace.
Powe, a hard-working 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds off the bench for the Celtics last season. His most memorable performance as a Celtic came in Game 2 of the 2007-08 NBA Finals, when he scored 21 points in 15 minutes against the Lakers.