Josh Powell is back from China and will likely sign with a team after the All-Star Break, tweets Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. Several teams are taking a look at the 6'9", 225-pound power forward, according to Kennedy.
Powell signed with the Liaoning Dinosaurs of the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout after spending the 2010/11 NBA season with the Hawks. He averaged 4.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 0.4 APG in a reserve role last year, similar to his career numbers of 3.9/2.9/0.5. The best of his six NBA seasons came in 2007/08 with the Clippers, when he averaged 5.5 PPG and 5.2 RPG and started 25 games for the Clippers. The North Carolina State product was a bench player on back-to-back championship teams with the Lakers as well.
He could fit into one of many teams with cap space, but he doesn't figure to make much more than the veteran's minimum. He may be an option for teams looking for depth up front who lost out on Joel Przybilla, like the Bucks, Bulls or Heat.
There's no word yet on whether he requires FIBA clearance before a deal can be finalized.