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Should the Celtics Target the Legendary James Posey

James Posey helped bring one championship to Boston. Signing him again could help bring home another. (Photo courtesy of Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

With the loss of Jeff Green for the season, the Celtics’ already-weak bench took a big hit. The lack of any cap space whatsoever doesn’t help matters, either. As currently constructed, Boston simply does not have enough man power to compete with the likes of Miami, Chicago, and even New York.

The thirty somethings – Paul Pierce and Ray Allen – need a competent swingman to back them up, and forgive me if I’m skeptical that Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic are up to the job.

Fortunately, all is not lost for Boston’s last championship run. All they have to do is sign swingman extraordinaire, former Celtic, and my personal favorite, Mr. James Posey.

The Pros

Posey is a straight-up championship mercenary. He collects rings and breaks hearts like it’s no one’s business. He doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

Since the Celtics’ championship run, I’ve always viewed Posey as the quintessential reserve, playing electric D and hitting the three when called upon. What more can you ask for?

I was out of the country when I found out Posey left Boston for New Orleans. Visibly distraught by the news, someone not familiar with the NBA asked me if he was like LeBron James. My reply: Better.

In all seriousness, Posey has the skill-set the Celtics desperately need. He knows the system and knows how to win championships, having been instrumental in both Miami’s and Boston’s title runs.

Boston can finally redeem themselves for letting Posey go in the first place. And with the departure of Glen Davis, it would be nice to have another guy from the 2007-2008 title team. You know what, let’s just get the whole gang back together. Someone call up P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, and Leon Powe, ASAP.

The Cons

At the ripe old age of 34, Posey isn’t young by basketball standards, and the Celtics aren’t exactly looking to get any older. Nevertheless, Posey has never had a worrisome injury history, and I’m a sucker for the old guys anyways. Someone has to remind Miami how things were done back in the day.

Then there’s that little issue about money. As I said, Posey follows the money: He doesn’t exactly take pay cuts out of the goodness of his heart, and Boston can’t offer him more than the veteran’s minimum. That being said, Posey was amnesty-ed and is already making about $6 million regardless of whether he plays or not. Perhaps the allure of winning, in combination with his already-promised cash, will be enough of a draw.


I’m obviously biased, but whether Posey is a good fit or not isn’t the question. The Celtics could use just about anyone right now and Posey would be a best-case scenario. His history with Boston would be a great storyline, and the Pacers are paying him either way. If he’s willing to play for the minimum, the Celtics will find themselves with one less gaping hole to fill on their quest for banner 18.

About Josh Segal

Josh Segal is a professional shock artist and trash talker. He also occasionally writes opinion pieces about the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and their respective leagues at large. Segal is currently a junior at Kenyon College where he plans to double major in drama and political science. Apparently he also writes his own biographies in the third person.

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