Leon Powe had a very complicated rookie contract. He signed a 3 year contract with the first year guaranteed at $432,000. The second year ($687,456) would become guaranteed if he appeared in 41 games and if his average of points + rebounds + assists totals at least 14 per game. It would also become guaranteed if he made the All Rookie Team. There is a similar clause for the third year where the magic number goes from 14 to 16 and
In his first season, Powe appeared in 63 games and he averaged 4.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and .2 assists in 11 minutes per game. The total of points, rebounds and assists for his first year was only 7.8, well short of the required 14. And he didn't make the All Rookie team.
But, it wasn't for lack of effort that he didn't reach the required totals. Powe played hard and gave his all every minute he was on the court. Doc played him in 3-4 minute stints for the most part and it was amazing that he produced what he did with the way he got his minutes in spurts and the way Doc used him in games. When he actually got playing time, he produced every time. In games where he got at least 25 minutes playing time he averaged almost a double double.
The Celtics can get out of the last two years on his contract simply by placing him on waivers before July 1, just as they did with Orien Green. But I think it would be a mistake to do it with Powe. This kid is going to be a player and a guy who puts out that much effort in practice and in games should be someone you want on your team. Just his work ethic would be a great example to everyone on the team. I love this kid and am hoping that we keep him around. To tell you the truth, I would much rather extend Powe's contract than Doc's.