Well, this is a nice surprise. It was not that long ago when contract talks between the Cavaliers and forward Leon Powe were being categorized as slowing down, we get news late last night that Powe is in fact traveling to Cleveland today to meet with team doctors.
Brian Windhorst reports that, assuming things go well with the doctors, the Cavaliers and Powe could finalize what would be a two-year deal. Yahoo! believes that the deal would be for the veteran minimum with a team option for 2010-11.
This is not only a deal that is right up the alley of Danny Ferry (see Varejao, Anderson), but also one that appears to have featured more compromise from Powe who was reportedly hoping for a player option for that second year.
Another variable that may have led Powe to the Cavaliers for this contract is the facility in which he will get to rehabilitate. Cleveland Clinic Courts remain a top-flight practice facility with state of the art training areas as well as weight rooms.
If finalized, this deal is low-risk based on the salary alone, but also one that could provide a ton of reward in the front court. There were some talks that Powe is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation, and there is no denying the Cavaliers’ need for frontcourt player that can score.
We have seen players like Charlie Villanueva and Hakim Warrick consider Cleveland before signing elsewhere. Veteran big man Joe Smith is still available if things do not go as planned, but for now the Leon Powe watch is back on. Will he be our “Agent Zero?” I’m sure Wizards fans would love it…
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