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
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."