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Bulls release Mike James, may be thinking big man


Leon Powe or Joel Przybilla could go from sitting on the sidelines of this NBA season to being in the mix for a championship in the next week.

Here’s how. The first step was that the Bulls have released back up guard Mike James, bringing their roster down to 13.

That move has pretty much everybody thinking that the Bulls are looking to bring in a big man to add some depth with Luol Deng out (he’s a game-time decision against Miami Sunday) and behind Joakim Noah and Omer Asik. Who can they get? Well, here is what K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune wrote.

This could pave the way for the Bulls to add a reserve big man, which general manager Gar Forman has alluded to as far back as training camp. Leon Powe and Joel Przybilla are two players with whom the Bulls have had conversations to bolster a frontcourt which currently has Luol Deng out.

Powe makes more sense as a Deng replacement. He’s athletic when healthy, tough and he played for then assistant coach Tom Thibodeau in Boston when that team won a ring in 2008. That said, he’s never been the same guy following a major knee injury a couple years ago.

Wednesday morning one liners (now with extra rumors)

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Our morning look around the NBA with stories that are not their own post here at PBT.

In case you didn’t get it in your inbox, here is David Stern’s letter to fans sent out yesterday.

After the lockout and months of talk of change, does the new NBA feel any different than the old NBA?

Travis Outlaw is 10 days away from being cleared for contact basketball due to his broken hand. That groan you just heard was Avery Johnson.

Rumors are out there that the Nuggets will make a big offer to Thaddeus Young, which the Sixers will have to match or let him go. And they don’t want to let him go.

Jared Jeffries is all but formally signed with the Knicks.

The Celtics are willing to roll the dice with Chris Paul and the new CBA.

Mike Miller talking about his situation in Miami. He is staying, not being waived.

Shannon Brown’s agent has talked to the Heat about his client. Same with Kwame Brown.

Miami being over the salary cap is making it very hard for them to land the free agents that they want.

Conventional wisdom is Jason Richardson is leaning Bulls, but the Magic would like to bring him back.

Is this the year Tyreke Evans makes the leap? Or does he trip up again?

Talking Washington Wizards rookies.

Reggie Williams and the Bobcats are flirting with each other.

Looking more and more like Tracy McGrady ends up in Atlanta.

Things are “awkward” around he Magic facilities right now. Ya think?

Michael Redd to the Dallas Mavericks? They do like shooters (who will take a one-year deal).

Here is one vote against Caron Butler as a Clipper — the wise D.J. Foster questions the fit. To me, Tayshaun Prince needs to be the Clips primary target.

There have not been a lot of Kris Humphries rumors out there, and while he comes with that Kardashian baggage the guy can play. So what is up?

Another guy flying under the free agent radar: Mario Chalmers.

And what about Rodney Stuckey?

If they will not keep Tyson Chandler (and it looks like they will lose him) the Mavericks may try to get Jeff Foster.

The Hawks Marvin Williams says he is feeling good after June back surgery.

Visa issues have Rudy Fernandez stuck in Spain, for now.

Kwame Brown met with and could return to the Bobcats.

Leon Powe would like to return to the Celtics. He is working out at the Lakers facilities right now, however.

The Hornets reportedly have interest in Aaron Gray.

Leon Powe inks deal with Memphis Grizzlies

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The already quality front line of the Memphis Grizzlies just got deeper.

Leon Powe has signed with the Grizzlies, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

Powe played some quality minutes along the front line of the Boston Celtics during their 2008 title run, giving them 11 points and 5 minutes a game during the playoffs. However, injuries set him back the last two seasons. This season he wasn’t contributing to Cleveland and they bought him out.

Memphis is the team in the West that all the top seeds want to avoid in the first round. A key part of that is the Zach Randolph/Marc Gasol front line that is hard to deal with. We’ll see how Powe fits in off the bench, but if he can give Memphis what he gave Boston a couple seasons ago then Memphis just got that much harder to deal with up front. He may not be able to — he wasn’t contributing in Cleveland. But the risk for Memphis is not that great.

Cavaliers Leon Powe has knee surgery, out six weeks

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Leon Powe just cannot catch a break.

The oft-injured Powe underwent knee surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus and will be out about six weeks, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, via twitter. This surgery is on his right knee, a different knee than the one where he tore the ACL as a member of the Celtics.

Powe injured his right knee Wednesday night in the Cavs loss to the Toronto Raptors. It was first reported just as a contusion, but clearly the damage was more extensive. Powe had been battling knee issues all season.

Powe has played in just 14 of the Cavaliers games this season and had been back for the last three after being out injured. With both Anderson Varejao and JJ Hickson battling injuries, the Cavs already unimpressive front line gets even thinner.

Byron Scott calls out the Cavs’ bench

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If the Cleveland Cavaliers’ shockingly competitive start seems like a lifetime ago, it’s probably because the Cavs have been killed about a dozen times since their .500 days.

Byron Scott is left to confront the realities of his dreadfully limited roster, and though there are a few useful players in the bunch, he’s been forced to stockpile the lot of them in his starting lineup and essentially leave the bench for dead. The days of Antawn Jamison the reserve are over, and though the newly minted starting lineup of Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, Anthony Parker, Jamison, and Anderson Varejao can sometimes keep its head above water, the team as a whole drowns because of the reserves’ dead weight.

Scott took notice of his bench’s inability to keep pace, and also took a bit of a shot from the press scrum. From Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Although the Cavs entered Sunday with the most points scored by reserves, when Scott turned to them in the third quarter, the game got away for good. “Our first unit is doing a pretty good job,” Scott said. “I’ve got to find a combination of that second unit that’s going to come in and play the right way and do the right things because as soon as all five [starters] are off the floor, we’re just getting slaughtered.”

J.J. Hickson, who went to the bench when Jamison was promoted, didn’t want to hear that from his coach. “Oh, so he’s blaming it on the bench?” Hickson said. Then he caught himself. “If he feels that way then, that’s the way he feels,” Hickson said. “That’s his opinion. He’s the head coach. He gets paid to make decisions to put players in and it’s up to us to bring life to the game when we get in and cut the other team’s lead down even more. We haven’t been doing a good job of getting that done. But it’s a long season; it’s a work in progress.”

Hickson’s scoffing response is a pretty natural defense, but nothing he says makes Scott any less correct about the bench’s troubles. Cleveland may have the league’s best reserves based on their season scoring average, but over the last five games, the Cavs’ subs have ranked 22nd in points per minute. What’s perhaps worse: they’ve shot a league-worst 34.6% from the field, a painful thorn in the side of any team.

It shouldn’t be all that surprising. Hickson doesn’t have the means to create his own shot consistently, and alongside him on the bench are Ramon Sessions (who can create shots, but only for steady scorers), Manny Harris, Ryan Hollins, Leon Powe, and Joey Graham. Who among them is supposed to score, much less score efficiently?

No matter how Scott rearranges the pieces, this roster is riddled with holes. Every adjustment reveals a different flaw. The only way to really patch things up is to make additions, and the only way to make additions is to start cutting salary and cashing in on what value the roster has left.