It is official that Leon has signed with the Cavs for the vet minimum of $855,000 with a team option for next year as well. Here are some reports from Brian Windhorst, the Cavs beat reporter:
Powe is doing well in his recovery from surgery and is ahead of schedule, but may not be back till Feb. But Cavs wants him for playoffs.
Leon Powe signing should be official in morning. 2 years, $1.77 mil. Sources say Celtics tried to re-sign him after word got out about Cavs.
Cavs are not done, they still may sign another big man w/ Powe & JJ Hickson not 100%. Joe Smith and Rob Kurz still on list.
The Celtics tried to re-sign him after they heard that the Cavs were making an offer. I'm thinking that Danny figured that no one would make him an offer and he could just let him hang out there till he was healthy and then swoop him up. Danny didn't count on the fact that other teams would see this kid's heart and figure that he was worth taking a chance on. I don't blame Leon for not taking Danny's offer after the fact. He was disrespected and the Celtics left him hanging. If it is true that Danny scrambled to try to re-sign him after the Cavs made him an offer, then he really dropped the ball on this one. Leon will be back and he will help the Cavs to win. I still have this feeling in the pit of my stomach that letting Leon go is going to really haunt us come playoff time. And the Cavs aren't done yet? I didn't know they had so many open roster spots. They are really trying to stack the deck in their favor.