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10 Years of Ainge: The loss of Posey

Posted by shawn cassidy on June 11, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Something as simple as a hug before each game indicated what kind of teammate James Posey was. James was the Celtics 6th man in 2008 when they returned to greatness with banner 17. James had all the intangibles that you needed from a 6th man. He was tough, and gritty a perfect fit on a KG led Celtics team. 


"The reigning NBA champions are about to lose their glue guy.

James Posey, arguably the most coveted unrestricted free agent left on the market, agreed to a four-year deal with the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday worth an estimated $25 million, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein.

"It was a really tough decision for him," Bartelstein said. "Boston was an incredible experience for him every way you look at it. If he was going to leave Boston, he wanted to make sure it was for a team that would compete for championship immediately and the Hornets certainly are in that world."

Because of future luxury-tax concerns, Boston was apparently reluctant to offer Posey, 31, more than a two- or three-year deal starting at the league's midlevel exception (just under $5.6 million) in spite of Posey's considerable contributions to the Celtics' first championship since 1986."

I understand Ainge's thinking, but I wish he had resigned Posey. If he had signed Posey his last season would have been last year. Posey didn't even play one game during the 2011-12 season. Posey had a solid first year with the Hornets. The Hornets traded him to the Pacers in 2010 because the team was changing and he didn't live up to his end of the bargain. Maybe things would have worked out differently if he stayed with the Celtics.

Losing Posey "is not good, you know?" Boston's Kevin Garnett told ESPN The Magazine's Sam Alipour. "Him and [Eddie House] were big big parts of why we won. Hopefully, we'll continue to try to get E-House and [retain] the majority of our team.

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Reply Franklin
12:19 PM on June 11, 2013 
Should have signed him. I think he still be playing.
Reply paul
2:31 PM on June 11, 2013 
Bad move Danny. Why worry about luxury tax when you are fighting for championships?
Reply C'slife
5:31 PM on June 11, 2013 
paul says...
Bad move Danny. Why worry about luxury tax when you are fighting for championships?

Yep! The Celtics paid them anyway, and have for years.
Reply rcraig617
1:19 AM on June 12, 2013 
I never agreed with letting posey go but back then I really didn't understand salaries and cap like how I understand now. It's very easy to say who we should or shouldn't resign but I don't know how much cap room we had and what other guys were getting paid so it's really hard to say we should've kept him. We did end up beating the cavaliers again even though we didn't have posey in 2010 so that's another factor also.