James Mikely Mantell Posey, Jr. (born January 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. He played as a small forward for several teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA.
Posey was selected out of Xavier University by the Denver Nuggets with the 18th pick of the 1999 NBA draft. He played a little over three seasons with the team before being sent to the Houston Rockets in a three-team deal also involving the Philadelphia 76ers on December 18, 2002.
After finishing the season with the Rockets, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent in the 2003 off-season.
On August 2, 2005, Posey was involved in the largest trade in NBA history, which involved 13 players and five different teams. Through this trade, the Miami Heat acquired point guard Jason Williams, forward Antoine Walker, shooting guard Andre Emmett, and the draft rights to Roberto Duenas. The Memphis Grizzlies received shooting guard Eddie Jones, and point guard Raul Lopez. Boston, who dealt Walker to the Heat, received a package that included Qyntel Woods, the draft rights to Albert Miralles, two second-round draft picks, and cash. The Boston Celtics also picked up Curtis Borchardt. Utah was able to acquire center Greg Ostertag, and the New Orleans Hornets acquired small forward Rasual Butler and shooting guard Kirk Snyder. Posey averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2005–06.
In the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, Posey was a key factor on both ends of the court. Defensively, he, along with Udonis Haslem, provided tough defense on the Mavericks All-Star, Dirk Nowitzki. He also guarded Josh Howard, who had caused problems for Miami when Antoine Walker was guarding him.
On July 1, 2006, Posey opted to exercise his $6.4 million contract option, opting not to become a free agent. He only played in 4 playoff games in the 2006–07 season, because the Heat were eliminated in the first round.
On August 25, 2007, Posey signed with the Boston Celtics, adding to their revamped roster, including newcomers Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Terms of the deal were roughly $6.67 million over 2 years, with the second year being Posey’s option. In the 2008 NBA Finals, Posey would win his second NBA championship, once again helping his team with tough defense and timely baskets at crunch time. On June 30, 2008, in a widely anticipated move, Posey opted out of the second and final year of his contract with the Celtics and officially became an unrestricted free agent, but had stated that he wanted to return to the Celtics on a new contract.
On July 16, 2008, Posey signed with the New Orleans Hornets, accepting a four-year deal worth about $25 million. On August 11, 2010, New Orleans sent Posey, along with Darren Collison, to the Pacers in a four-team, five-player trade with the New Jersey Nets and the Houston Rockets. On December 12, 2011, Posey was amnestied by the Pacers.
In September 2013, Posey was hired by the Canton Charge as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 season.
On August 19, 2014, Posey was hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach for the 2014–15
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Career highlights and awards
2× NBA champion (2006, 2008)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)
First-team All-Atlantic 10 (1999)
Competitor for United States
Gold medal – first place 1998 New York Team competition