Posey signs two-year deal with potential contender Celtics

Updated: August 27, 2007, 5:57 PM ET
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Newly signed free agent forward James Posey took his seat in between one of the Boston Celtics' owners and director of basketball operations Danny Ainge, and something that was very noticeable right away was the oversized NBA championship ring on his left hand.

James Posey
AP Photo/Steven SenneWith the All-Star talent being assembled in Boston, James Posey brings championship experience to the Celtics.

"We're very happy Danny put this deal together and, obviously, from the weight on his hand he has championship experience," owner Steve Pagliuca said of the team's recent addition.

The Boston Celtics added another piece to what they hope is a championship-caliber team Monday, signing the 6-foot-8 free agent forward to a two-year deal. Posey will make between $7 and $7.5 million over the course of the deal, although the second season is a player option.

"I think he's one of the brightest spots this summer," Ainge said during a press conference to introduce Posey at the team's training complex. "He's a huge addition to our team. He's got incredible versatility on both ends of the court."

A member of the Miami Heat team that won the NBA championship in 2006, Posey completes an offseason rebuilding that saw Boston acquire veterans stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen along with role players Scot Pollard and Eddie House.

"You know what's going on [with this team]," Posey said. "First it was Ray Allen coming here and then it was KG. It was like 'Wow, things are starting to change.' You look for this opportunity and luckily it was there."

Known primarily as a defensive player, Posey has averaged 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds during his eight-year career.

"Defensively, I think he's a great addition," Ainge said. "He can play the 2, the 3 or the 4. He can even defend some of the point guards in our league. That gives us a lot of options."

While waiting for a new place to play this summer, Posey watched the Celtics turn a team from next to worst in the league at the end of last season to a possible playoff contender.

"It was a chance to win a championship," said Posey, twisting his new No. 41 green jersey in between his hands while talking to the media. "It feels good to be a part of the tradition. I'm very excited for the opportunity to win."

Posey was later asked if he'd show Paul Pierce, Allen or Garnett, three stars who have yet to win a title, his ring.

"I might wear it one more time just to let the guys know what you play for," he said.

ESPN Insider's Chris Sheridan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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