I still say that when it comes to pure business… not offering Powe a qualifying offer was the right move. But man… it's getting really hard to defend anything besides that. Today… Leon gave his side of the story to the Herald:
“Of course I was disappointed, because I want to come back,” Powe
said today. “I love the fans. It was just a wonderful place to play.”
Powe walked away from his conversation believing that his time as a Celtic was finished.
“I wasn’t feeling a vibe like that,” he said of whether he got the
sense the Celtics might be interested in re-signing him later in the
summer. “I knew they wouldn’t (offer a qualifying offer), so I just
have to move on.
“That’s what they told me,” Powe said of whether his connection with
the Celtics was finished. They told me, ‘Good luck with another team.’
Doc (Rivers) told me that he wanted me there, and he would do whatever
he could to make sure I came back, but Danny came to me yesterday
saying that they only have a two-year window, and I would be taking up
a roster spot for someone else.”
Jess Camerato made things even worse by emailing me this about Leon still being a super awesome guy.
Powe says he could be back by February. I'm still holding out hope that we can bring him back. Maybe I'm being overly sentimental.