Posey agrees to two-year contract with revamped Celtics

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» Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:39 pm
By Chris Sheridan
ESPN.com
Updated: August 25, 2007, 3:34 PM ET

James Posey will be playing in Boston next season alongside Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, ESPN.com has learned.

The Boston Celtics took another step in their veteran-oriented offseason overhaul Saturday by agreeing to preliminary terms on a two-year contract with the free agent forward.

Posey will make between $7 and $7.5 million over the course of the deal, although the second season is a player option. The Celtics used most of the remainder of their mid-level exception to sign Posey, who spent the past two seasons with the Miami Heat.

The nine-year veteran will be joining his fifth NBA team, having spent four seasons in Denver, one in Houston and two in Memphis. The defensive specialist is the third significant role player lost by the Heat to free agency this summer, joining Jason Kapono, who signed with Toronto, and Eddie Jones, who agreed to a contract with Dallas.

In addition to trades that brought Allen from Seattle and Garnett from Minnesota, Boston has signed veteran free agents Eddie House and Scot Pollard.
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» Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:23 pm
I didn't see him or even hear about him ever thinking about signing with the Celtics. 2 years/7-7.5 mil for him? Whatever, better than us taking him. I'm fine with Barnes. But great signing for the Celtics.
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» Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:38 pm
Damn, the Celtics are going for all or nothing this year.
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» Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:53 pm
im not really as high on the celtics as everyone else is.

they got 3 superstars that want 30 a game that dont want to give it up. sure, theyll win games 130-129, but theyll contend only for the next 2-3 years.

then they will be worse than they were the last few years.

after kg, allen, pierce, posey, what? who else they got? NOBODY
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» Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:29 pm
Great signing and pretty reasonable amount of money. Posey becomes their 6th man and the Celts are almost complete. The Heat won a championship with superstars Wade and O'neal and role players like Walker, Payton, Mourning and others. The Celts have superstars Garnett, Pierce and Ray Allen and role players like Posey, Perkins, Rondo, House and Pollard. Still think the Celts need a proper PG and one more impact bench player. Not sure if McHale cut Gomes and Ainge picked him up again but if they do, that would make them pretty complete
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» Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:34 am
d1mex wrote:im not really as high on the celtics as everyone else is.

they got 3 superstars that want 30 a game that dont want to give it up. sure, theyll win games 130-129, but theyll contend only for the next 2-3 years.

then they will be worse than they were the last few years.

after kg, allen, pierce, posey, what? who else they got? NOBODY


True, but I'd also go all or nothing for 2 or 3 years and back to the basement of the league after that. I mean, a title is worth that much. Nobody will remember you for making the playoffs year after year if you always lose in the first or second round. But winning a championship is different.

I think they're doing the right thing. If they can win a title, every move would have been justified. If not, Ainge will be fired, but I still like his moves. He has tried to create a contender, taking risks other GMs wouldn't take. That speaks volumes about him.

Just imagine how we would feel if the Dubs had that kind of roster. I think it's well worth it, even if it's only short term.
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» Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:31 am
TMC wrote:
d1mex wrote:im not really as high on the celtics as everyone else is.

they got 3 superstars that want 30 a game that dont want to give it up. sure, theyll win games 130-129, but theyll contend only for the next 2-3 years.

then they will be worse than they were the last few years.

after kg, allen, pierce, posey, what? who else they got? NOBODY


True, but I'd also go all or nothing for 2 or 3 years and back to the basement of the league after that. I mean, a title is worth that much. Nobody will remember you for making the playoffs year after year if you always lose in the first or second round. But winning a championship is different.

I think they're doing the right thing. If they can win a title, every move would have been justified. If not, Ainge will be fired, but I still like his moves. He has tried to create a contender, taking risks other GMs wouldn't take. That speaks volumes about him.

Just imagine how we would feel if the Dubs had that kind of roster. I think it's well worth it, even if it's only short term.



I think you said it right. Making the playoffs every year is great though and a good measure of success but if you can go for a championship, you do it. The current Celtics team is not built for the future and was always a short term thing anyway. Ainge is not known for being a good GM but he has taken himself to a high level with his moves this offseason
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» Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:32 am
Ugh.

This one stings. I really hoped we'd get Posey... even though the writing seemed to be on the wall, after the Matt Barnes resign. Oh well.

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