One player that could quite possibly change zip codes before the trade deadline is swingman James Posey, currently of the Indiana Pacers. Posey was acquired by the Pacers in a four-team trade that saw five players switch teams.
So far in his 13 year NBA career, Posey has spent time with seven different teams. In some of the teams he played for, Posey found a role off the bench or found a spot in the rotation that allowed his value to increase during the free agency period.
Posey won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006, joining forces with Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade. He won once again with the Boston Celtics, joining Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo in 2008. Posey was known for his tough defense, timely baskets and hard fouls that earned him a controversial reputation around the league.
Even though he is entering the final year of his contract that he signed with the New Orleans Hornets as a free agent back in 2008, Posey has not been able to find minutes in any of the rotations successfully since 2008. The Pacers shopped him hard at the trade deadline, but no one offered anything serious enough for the team to move him.
Teams are always looking to add depth to their team as injuries occur, and newly signed free agents may need time to find their roles on their new teams so Posey may be a cheaper option for any of the other 29 teams out there. Teams like the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and the Orlando Magic could look to fill their roster with a veteran shooter (he's a decent three-point shooter).
James Posey can be a very useful addition to a team seeking depth at the small forward and maybe even at the shooting guard spots, with his ability to shoot the three-point shot and ability to defend the other team’s best player or scorer. Having an expiring contract also ensures that, if he does not turn out to be an asset to the team, he does not have to be re-signed at the end of the season.
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