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Offseason Questions: Leon Powe

RedsArmyAdmin May 19, 2009 Uncategorized 12 Comments

Leon powe
I think my love for Leon has been made clear here since day 1.  I’ve said a million times that I think he should be a Celtic forever.  But that’s the bleed-green die-hard emotional fan talking.  And the NBA is a business.  So we need to look at Leon Powe.

Leon, like Glen Davis, is a restricted free agent.  The debate has flickered on and off this season… Leon or Baby… with no real resolution.  Looking down the line, I’m not so sure we can keep both guys. 

I’m not going to get into that debate here.  I’m just going to say that despite his lack of size, he performs very well in the post.  He gets rebounds that you’d think he had no chance of grabbing.  Good luck finding someone who gets to the line with more frequency that isn’t a superstar.  And on D, I defy you to find someone better at taking a charge.

But… he’s got that knee injury.  And he won’t be back until mid-season.  His lack of height does make him a bit of a liability at times.  And his offense is limited to the post area. 

It pains me to even bring up this discussion… which proves I can’t be an NBA GM.  I fall in love with players like this.  He’s a heart guy.  He’s a role model.  He’s everything you want in a human being.  But pretty much none of that matters when it comes to a business decision like this. 

So… do you bring back Leon, or not?

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  • Alex

    I’m surprised a large majority of Celtics fans want him back… Sure, I do love the guy and I wish he didn’t have that terrible knee injury but the Celtics need a FULL healthy team.
    It saddens me to say this, but I think they should leave Powe and obtain a different player. You might never know, we might get Powe back some time later on (for example, Mikki Moore used to be a Celtic until he got traded, now he is back to being a Celtic… and now, hopefully, he will get traded again).
    I wish the best of luck to Powe. Man, I love that guy.

  • Alex

    I’m surprised a large majority of Celtics fans want him back… Sure, I do love the guy and I wish he didn’t have that terrible knee injury but the Celtics need a FULL healthy team.
    It saddens me to say this, but I think they should leave Powe and obtain a different player. You might never know, we might get Powe back some time later on (for example, Mikki Moore used to be a Celtic until he got traded, now he is back to being a Celtic… and now, hopefully, he will get traded again).
    I wish the best of luck to Powe. Man, I love that guy.

  • Alex

    Shit, sorry for the double post guys. :(
    I received a “Connection refused” error message when I sent my comment, so I clicked it again and it worked…but it sent the comment twice. -_-

  • Shawn-cvd

    I love them both but the last two seasons we have been trying to get some length at our back up bigs. 2008 we got PJ Brown (good). This year it was Mikki Moore (bad).
    We knew we couldn’t keep them both and now it’s time for a little Darwinism. Big Baby can back up KG just fine. Powe is (and this kills me to say) reconstructing a knee and may never find his groove next season.
    Efforts need to be made to find a Posey-like replacement (getting Ray and PP much needed rest next year) and resigning Baby (ditto). After that Ainge has to deepen our bench this Summer or reload by trade dead line.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    Its a buisness. and unfortunately if leon isnt healthy enough, I dont know if hes the best choice to fill out our bench. they have to go into next seasons with the best team possible, no exceptions, to win NEXT YEAR…

  • zauer

    I agree. Big Baby gonna play big minutes as a backup and will be so productive, that KG can recovering slowly to his minutes. We may also need him to start 10-20 games if KG is not back november. Also he can play alongside KG and with his jumpshot it would be dangerous unit. Instead of Leon (sorry i love this guy too) we need veteran 7 footer, but i dont think moore is right guy.

  • CFH

    Same deal as with Stephon: how cheap will Leon come? If he’ll take the bare minimum for next season while he’s rehabbing, and then a team option for the season after if he comes back successfully, sign him up.
    The Leon-Baby debate is moot. Baby has proved himself, can contribute lots next season, and will be getting a huge payday. Leon can’t contribute until the middle of the season at best, may never be the same again, and will always be in danger of another knee injury. Leon needs to be treated like a high-risk project.
    The C’s obviously need more depth next year than they had last year. But they can still afford to use 1 or 2 roster spots for someone who won’t contribute right away, but may contribute down the line. That’s Leon. He’s still a better gamble than Patrick O’Bryant, at least.

  • Angry Turk AKA ssshady35

    My only thought on these two guys are, can we find anybody that can do the job as good or better than they can.
    If we can’t than I think that answers Danny’s question.
    I really don’t think Leon is going to demand max pay due to his injury but I think Baby might look for more due to his performance during the playoffs. If we do bring back baby I would be very excited, with a healthy KG and a experienced baby coming off the bench we could be in great shape. I’m sure Danny is also working his magic looking for something in the draft as well.

  • Jon

    I agree with CFH completely.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157060540b970b Orb

    Beyond just as a fan, I think there’s a real point in having a guy that we all love stay on the team. I know it’s a business, but there’s a point where if you don’t keep the guys you love you become the Yankees. I think there’s huge reasons to sign Leon that go beyond the height and stats part. Just like there are great players that can poison a team (I’m talking to you Tracy, Allen), there’s the opposite, and that’s Leon. He’s an intangibles guy and a good guy, a force for good. I’d rather root for guys like Leon, who I see as a true Celtic, than bring in a mercenary with questionable attitude. Not to mention he’s the anti-Mikki foul-wise. He would’ve gotten at least two charges on Howard per game. Plus, due to the knee, he’s going to get paid nothing. I think business decision or not, we keep him.

  • Bill

    I see Leon coming back at the minimum. He can’t command anything higher anywhere else, and a first year at the minimum with a team option seems like it would benefit both sides greatly with minimal risk. I’d be very surprised to see Leon go anywhere.
    That said, I’ve heard some say that his career might be over. How probable is that? Besides, didn’t Leon get surgery under the watch of Celtics brass and doctors? They wouldn’t just abandon him like that during his rehab. I bet they assured him to get the surgery and that he’d still have a home in Boston.

  • Scott

    There is no way Leon only commands the minimum. That’s just ludicrous.