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Celtics Sign James Posey

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posey1.jpgAccording to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald the Celtics have signed James Posey to a two year deal worth 7 million and a player option for the second year.  This move brings the Celtics to the roster limit of 15 players (assuming they sign their 2 second round picks, Pruitt and Davis).  This also uses up the rest of the Mid Level Exception so if the Celtics are planning to acquiess to Jeff's demands for a veteran point guard then they will have to do so with the veteran exception and either cut a player in training camp or choose not to sign one of Gabe Pruitt and Glen Davis.  Although, with James Posey providing the role of defensive stopper at the 3, Jackie Manual is the most likely casualty in any roster reducing decisions. 

Last season Posey averaged 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 27 minutes for the Miami Heat.  For his career he has averaged 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in just under 28.5 minutes.  The 30 yr old veteran's best season came back in '02-'03, his final season with the Denver Nuggets (the team who drafted him), when he scored 14.7 points, hauled 5.8 rebounds, and dished 3.1 assists averaging almost 35 minutes per game. 

The top 8/9 man rotation on this team appears to be shaping up as the Celtics now have Scot Pollard, James Posey, Eddie House and likely Tony Allen (once he's healthy) first off the bench.  While it may seem silly to think that Posey puts the stamp of approval on the depth chart for this squad, it is hard to look at that list of reserves and fail to notice the versatility in filling every roster spot adequately.  That is, provided you are of the opinion that Eddie House simply has to bring the ball across half court and nail open 3's to be effective off the bench backing up Rajon Rondo.