CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers signed free agent forward Leon Powe, who as a youth played with LeBron James on several AAU teams, to a two-year contract on Wednesday.
Powe won't be playing with James anytime soon. He played in 70 games with the Boston Celtics last season, but tore the ACL in his left knee in the playoffs and had reconstructive surgery on May 5. It was the third major medical procedure Powe has endured on the knee.He isn't expected to be ready to play for the Cavs until February. But the Cavs, in need of frontcourt depth, saw Powe as a player who could help at some point in 2010.
"Leon is a high quality player and person. His tough, gritty play has already contributed in big playoff games during his young career," Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. "As he continues to work rehabilitating his injury, we would look to hopefully see him return toward the end of the season."
Powe averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. He was drafted in the second round by the Denver Nuggets in 2006 and traded to the Celtics for a future pick.