Josh Powell apparently set to sign with Clips

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G-Man04
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According to HoopsHype.com the Clippers will sign F/A PF Josh Powell to a 3 year contract as early as today, giving the Clips some much needed depth at the 4 given the recent injury to Brand. The Warriors withdrew their qualifying offer to Powell making him an unrestricted F/A.

http://hoopshype.com/rumors.htm

I am a fan of ACC basketball and I watched Powell play for NC State for 2 years. At 6'9" he is an athletic shotblocker and strong rebounder who plays with a lot of energy. He is a very reliable mid-range shooter and has an overall game very similiar to Udonis Haslem (although not quite as polished). Josh has not seen much action as a pro but from what I have read most observers agree that he has a tremendous work ethic and could be a quality contributor off the bench.

Here is a link to his 2003 draft profile along with an article from a Warrior blog which gives some info on him:

http://www.nba.com/draft2003/profiles/PowellJosh.html

http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/story/ ... 21624/5626

rojobilbao
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Just had an interesting conversation with Jonathan Givony of Draft Express fame. Having spoken to officials of various European teams -- most specifically Benetton Treviso -- reports are that the Clippers are close to signing Josh Powell. Powell, who left NC State in 2005 2003 after two years, has bounced around Europe and the NBA, most notably with Dallas in '05-'06 and Golden State last year. He also spent some time in the D-League in '05-'06. He averaged 10.8 PPG and 9.8 RPG in summer league.

Powell is a monster rebounder who, according to Givnoy, is "a freak athlete" who "left N.C. State too early and would've been a Top 20 picks had he stayed in school another year." Powell is a technically sound player with a nice mid-range jumper. "There's a reason that the best scouting teams in Europe keep giving him offers," says Givony. While he's doesn't exactly have a traditional back-to-the-basket game, Powell is a heady pick-and-roll player who can "play off other guys," according to Givony. "He hasn't gotten the playing time he needs to develop."

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david
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Thanks for the heads up and the scouting report GMan- repped! Hmmm I hope he turns out to be another great find like Bobby Simmons and Mikki Moore. The front office seems to be good at finding guys under the radar who are actually pretty good if given the opportunity. 3 year contract- I hope it's for the minimum. I don't know much about him but he seems to able to shoot the J well and is a decent rebounder/defender.

Clips84
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Adonel Foyle is being waived by the Warriors...is there a chance we could sign him? I think he would be an ok player to get.

jlemmen43
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Hmm...I was really surpised to hear about this. Sounds like a great option. David, I remember you mentioning you thought Tim Thomas tried to hard to do too much last year and he'd do better if he just stuck with what he's good at. Maybe Powell will help Thomas get into positions to make the plays that he knows he can make. I like that he's a great rebounder and has a good jumper. That is what Elton Brand is (just on a much higher level). Brand has post moves, while Powell's more athletic. 3 Years isnt a bad choice, because he's still got a lot of potential and with Aaron Williams's and Sam Cassell's contracts almost guaranteed to be off the books next year, it aint gonna hurt us in the long run.

ether
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Powell sounds interesting, but two questions:

1) If he signs (and Brevin becomes official), then LAC has 13 players signed. Remember Paul Davis' second year became guaranteed on 7/15. So there's only two slots left. Only two of JJordan, Korolev, Diaz can make the roster (although they could ask JJ or Diaz to go to Europe). Is this too tight? It almost doesn't matter who is invited to camp.

2) I know we've all sounded off on the Singleton decision; but is Powell really more promising than James? Athletic shot-blocking PF. What's the diff? Before this news I was only 99.9% sure there was some dysfunction between him and the coach. Now 100%!

jlemmen43
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Jared Jordan will be on the roster. I dont see why he wouldnt be. I think they'll leave the 14th spot open.

clippal
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Josh Powell. Athletic power forward with no post up game. Can consistently stick the mid-range jumper. Potential to be a good rebounder. Sound familiar? Hopefully we have ourselves a 21st century version of Loy Vaught. Wouldn't that be nice.

david
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Wow that would be awesome if he turned out to be another Loy Vaught! I sure remember Vaught and his "spot" well- he was pretty much automatic from that 15 to 18ft baseline area.

jlemmen43
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Yeah Loy Vaught was definitely one of the best Clippers of the past. Solid Solid player who like you said, was "Automatic".

jlemmen43
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It's OFFICIAL....Josh Powell and Brevin Knight are signed. now we gotta sign Jared Jordan...let Conroy go (or NBDL him) and decline to re-sign Korolev. I cant wait for the season to start.

Even putting Jared Jordan in the NBDL wouldnt hurt him. I bet he'd love to play this year instead of riding pine. He'll have a lot of opportunity to play on the Clippers next year...but the flipside is...he doesnt get to learn by playing (even practicing) with Sam Cassell. And that is something nobody wants to miss.

Miquel
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I think Powell is a good addition to our team...he still hasn't had a serious opportunity to consider himself as a NBA player with capital letters...He didn't have opportunities neither playing for the Mavs (normal), nor the Warriors (they only played with one big man:Biedrins, and furthermore he went to the Warriors at the middle of the season), nor Pacers (a strange team when Carlisle was the coach, without any player who could shine less O'Neal)...

I hope he could have some opportunities playing for us but we must rethink who's our coach...the terrible Dumbleavy!!!!I'm afraid!!!Smile

A!One vote for Jared Jordan too!

G-Man04
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I agree Miguel. I think under the circumstances that Powell is a nice addition considering what he can bring to the table both offensively and defensively. I think that he and Thornton will combine to give us a ton of energy and athleticism off the bench and I also think that his accurate mid-range shot will be a nice fit with the pick and roll game that Sam and Brevin like to play. I also think he will get plenty of minutes because last year Thomas was prone to foul trouble as well as injuries. A.Williams will probably see some time at the 4 when the Clips face bigger PF's like Garnett, Dirk, Duncan, etc. I just hope that Dunleavy figures out how to best utilize the quickness and athletic ability that Powell and Thornton can provide and maybe incorporate more of an up-tempo game particularly with the 2nd unit. I like the way this team is shaping up and I just hope we can stay close until Brand can return.

Here is an article from Hoopsworld about the signing of Powell:


Clippers: Josh Powell Inks


By Eric Pincus for HOOPSWORLD.com Aug 14, 2007, 16:46

"The Los Angeles Clippers added Josh Powell to the roster on Tuesday. Powell is a 6'9" 225 lb forward heading into his third season and will wear Clipper jersey number 21.

Based on his play at previous stops (Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and most recently the Golden State Warriors) Powell is an active, face up four. He doesn't necessarily have the back-to-the-basket game to replace the injured Elton Brand, but very players in the league can stake that claim.

Powell has decent range on his jumper and hasn't been shy to trigger it. He runs the floor well but doesn't necessarily have the body yet to compete with the bigger, stronger fours.

At this point contract information is not available though rumors suggest Powell inked a three-year deal. More as it becomes available . . .

It's probably safe to say the Clipper roster is near complete with the Powell signing. There will certainly be a few additional camp invites on non-guaranteed contracts like Will Conroy (already under contract), Jared Jordan and Guillermo Diaz.

LA doesn't seemed prepared to send out any of their core players in trade, which means they simply don't have the contracts to send out to bring back a player of substance.

For instance, Juwan Howard of the Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly is seeking a trade. If the Clippers wanted to bring in a veteran like Howard to start in Brand's absence, they'd have to send out approximately $5.4 million in salary. To do so, they'd have to include someone they wouldn't want to part with (Sam Cassell, Shaun Livingston, etc) or someone the Wolves wouldn't be interested in (Tim Thomas, Cuttino Mobley, etc). Even if Minnesota did want Thomas or Mobley, there's no reason to think the Clippers would even consider that move.

Instead of reinforcements, LA will simply have to rally without their All-Star and hope that when he returns (perhaps by the All-Star break) the playoffs are still within reach.

The following is a projected depth chart:

PG: Sam Cassell/Brevin Knight/[Jared Jordon, Will Conroy or Guillermo Diaz]/Shaun Livingston (injured) SG: Cuttino Mobley/Quinton Ross SF: Corey Maggette/Al Thornton/Yaroslav Korolev PF: Tim Thomas/Josh Powell/Aaron Williams/Elton Brand (injured) C: Chris Kaman/Paul Davis

Coach Mike Dunleavy will have his hands full trying to find the right combination of players to man the frontcourt. Many have written the Clippers off months before the season begins. Don't be surprised if they manage to tread water nonetheless and if/when Brand returns . . . they make some noise down the stretch."

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