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Celtics, Lakers among teams in talks with Powe

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Celtics, Lakers among teams in talks with Powe

When the Boston Celtics shape their roster for upcoming seasons, former members of the team often emerge as possibilities. Leon Powe has been one of them since leaving the Cs two years ago.

Powe told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview on Thursday night there have been discussions with the Celtics as well as other teams around the league (one that may jump out to Boston fans) regarding this season.

We have been talking to the Celtics, the (Los Angeles) Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, and the (Sacramento) Kings, said the unrestricted free agent. Thats all we have been talking to right now. Ive been working out, staying in shape, just getting ready for whatever team Im going to go to. Theyre all pretty good teams and were just trying to see where to go from here. Were waiting to hear back from all of them and hopefully Ill get something going in the next few days because training camp starts tomorrow.

Powe, a California native, has been working out in Los Angeles but still has interest in returning to Boston.

Id love to be back there, he said. I already told my agent (Aaron Goodwin), if everythings right, yeah I would love to be back again. Its where I called home for three years. Everybody out there has been very nice to me, very kind and Ive got much love for them. Its just a matter of situation, everything shaping up the right way, yeah I would love to come back.

Powe will hit the gym on Friday as others begin training camp. Hampered by knee injuries at points in his career, he has made his health a priority while he prepares for his sixth NBA season.

Feeling good, feeling good, he said. My health was the number one thing I was working on. Im 100 percent and ready to go. Ive just been putting in a lot of work on my body and on my game too in the summer this offseason, so its been great all around.

The 6-8 forward has also worked on expanding his offense away from the basket. He has focused on developing a consistent 15-foot jumpshot -- You have to mix it up, he said -- and looks forward to contributing his new skills to whichever teams he plays for.

I hope once I get to a team I want to show all Ive been working on, how much my game improved, and how much I got better, he said. I can help the team as a sixth man, you can put me in there 25, 30 minutes, and Im going to produce. Im just trying to make sure once I get that opportunity, Im ready to go.

While it remains to be seen where Powe will sign this season, one thing is clear.

Im 100 percent healthy, he said. Feeling good, ready to play some ball, and ready to go.

Kyrie practices, expected to be back Sunday

Kyrie practices, expected to be back Sunday

WALTHAM, Mass. – Kyrie Irving was able to participate in all of Celtics practice on Saturday and is expected to be back on the floor when the C's host the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Irving did not play in an 89-80 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday because of soreness in his left shoulder.

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He will continue to receive treatments for the shoulder, “but I’m just ready to go back out there and play,” Irving said. “I’ve had a few days to reset and do the things needed to put myself in a great position to go out there and play.”

Irving said earlier that the shoulder had been bothering him for a couple weeks and an overtime loss to New Orleans on Tuesday didn’t help matters.

Still just 25 but recently named to his fifth All-Star team, Irving’s return could not come at a better time for the Celtics.

Boston (34-12) has the best record in the Eastern Conference, but the C's are riding a two-game losing streak, which is only the third time this season they've lost back-to-back games.

Arguably Boston’s biggest issue in the loss to the Sixers was an offense that struggled in several phases.

Not having Irving available certainly made matters worse, but there were a number of elements of play that with Irving or not, coach Brad Stevens recognizes his team must make a significant improvement in if they are to remain among the top teams in the NBA.

Stevens talked extensively after the loss and again on Saturday about the team not playing hard enough on offense.

“I don’t want to take away from the teams we’re playing against. They’re really guarding us hard,” Stevens said. “But we’ve got to execute harder. The one thing that’s pretty obvious in person and when you watch on film, is we just didn’t play hard enough on offense which is kind of unique. That’s the way I felt.”

Irving said there needs to be an increase in emphasis on their offense, which would make the game easier for everyone.

“Our spacing, our cutting … just playing the game kind of within the game, understanding our talents and where we can make the game easier,” Irving said. “We have very unique talents on this team. When you’re trying to put that together and guys are coming back into the lineup and getting their rhythm still and guys are in and out sometimes … big picture, down the stretch, we’re going to need everyone to be on the same page.”

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Celtics sign Jarrell Eddie to 10-day contract

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Celtics sign Jarrell Eddie to 10-day contract

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics have signed Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract.

The 6-foot-7 forward, who has spent two seasons in the NBA with Washington and Phoenix, has appeared in 31 NBA games.

More recently, he played with the Gatorade League’s Windy City Bulls. Appearing in 10 games, Eddie, 26, averaged 17.2 points while shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 50.7 percent from 3-point range along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

He will wear jersey No. 9.