Saturday , Aug , 25 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, & Boston Celtics Add James Posey’s Defense

The Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce trio gives the Celts a legit shot at winning the Larry O’Brien trophy in June. But Boston needed a lockdown defender; their own version of Bruce Bowen or Raja Bell. Enter Posey. The long swing has played the stopper role before, helping the Heat win the 2006 NBA Title …

ESPN.com reports on James Posey finding a new home:

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, two in Memphis and two in Miami. 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.

My Quick Take: Jesus Shuttlesworth, The Big Ticket, and The Truth have a new teammate: James Posey. continued to add veterans to their revamped roster, signing Posey to a two year, seven million dollar contract on Saturday.

The Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and trio gives the Celts a legit shot at winning the Larry O’Brien trophy in June. But Boston needed a lockdown defender; their own version of Bruce Bowen or Raja Bell.

Enter Posey. The long swing has played the stopper role before, helping the Heat win the 2006 NBA Title. He also has outside range and can punish opposing defenses for doubling-up on Allen, Garnett, and Pierce.

But Posey has baggage; word is he lacks professionalism. In just the last year, he’s had issues with drunk driving and was suspended by during the season for poor fitness and conditioning.

Still, there’s plenty of upside with Posey. And three million dollars per season of the mid-level exception is cheap, a drop in the bucket for a nine year veteran.

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