Leon Powe to Memphis Grizzlies? What It Would Mean for Their Playoff Chase

Stephen PattersonCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2011

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 25:  Leon Powe #44 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on February 25, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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You can now add the Memphis Grizzlies to the list of teams that Leon Powe will consider signing with for the rest of the season, as his agent, Aaron Goodwin, has confirmed his interest to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

While the competition will be stiff for landing Powe; with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat also rumored to be interested in signing him, Memphis does have a few advantages that might help land Powe with the Grizzlies.

The most notable reason would be the fact that he would be reunited with Tony Allen, who was one of Powe's teammates on Boston's 2007-08 title team.

He would also have a solid chance at receiving a fair amount of minutes in Memphis as the front court is currently a little thin for the Grizzlies.

While he would be third on the depth chart in Memphis at power forward behind Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur, I still think he would see more minutes off the bench with the Grizzlies than he would with most of the other teams showing interest.

Powe would also likely play a few minutes at center against smaller lineups since the Grizzlies are also thin at that position with Marc Gasol and Hamed Haddadi being the only two centers currently on the roster.

The 6'8" power forward has appeared in only 14 games for the Cavaliers this season; however, he averaged five points and 2.7 rebounds per game in those appearances.

Coincidentally, those are the exact same numbers Powe averaged during Boston's 23-game quest en route to the 2007-08 championship.

Powe has said that potential suitors shouldn't worry about his previous knee issues, as he says he isn't experiencing any problems with them.

The injury that may have some teams and general managers still cautious of signing Powe occurred during the 2008-09 playoffs in Game 2 of Boston's first round series against the Chicago Bulls.

Powe tore his ACL and meniscus in his left knee during that game and proceeded to play for three more minutes after the injury happened.

Perhaps one of the reasons the Grizzlies are so intrigued by Powe is the fact they were witnesses to the best game of his career.

On March 13, 2009, Powe dropped 30 points (a career high), 11 rebounds and five blocks (also a career high) on the Grizzlies while starting in place of an injured Kevin Garnett.

With Memphis already overflowing with depth in their backcourt after their trade deadline addition of Shane Battier, the addition of Powe and its subsequent strengthening of their frontcourt would have them in prime position to not only make the playoffs, but to make some noise when they get there.

While the Grizzlies might be trailing the Boston Celtics as the front runners to land Powe once he clears waivers, you definitely shouldn't count out seeing him signing with Memphis over Boston if he thinks it is a better situation for him, which it appears it could be.