NBA Rumors: James Posey's Presence Would Boost New York Knicks Locker Room

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2011

BOSTON - JUNE 17:  James Posey #41 of the Boston Celtics celebrates at the end of Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 17, 2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Lakers 131-92 to win the NBA Championship.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks need to sign James Posey if they are serious about contending for a championship.

Posey is the perfect free agent acquisition for a team that honestly believes it has most of the pieces in place to win it all. 

He's now available after being cut free by the Indiana Pacers, who chose to exercise their amnesty clause rather than keep the $7.5 million he was owed on the books.

The 34-year-old, 6’8” swingman is going into his thirteenth season and has been a contributor on two NBA Finals winning teams in his career. 

He can certainly help a third before retiring.

The veteran is a leader in the locker room, provides a defensive presence the Knicks lack and can knock down the three-ball.

His versatility would be a welcome boost on a team that sorely lacks it. Posey is able to spell Toney Douglas, Carmelo Anthony and even Amar'e Stoudemire if they decide to go small.

You can also never discount what a gamer like Posey can do on a good team. He was a key component to the Celtics' 2008 title run, both on and off the floor. 

During that run, he came through with clutch performances in important games because of his three-point shooting, lock-down defense and ability to make an impact without the ball in his hands.

He is a true vocal leader and inspired his teammates while on the bench as well, being the most supportive and encouraging player on the roster.

There is nothing not to like about a guy who brings all this to the table and takes very little off.

So how do the Knicks get him to sign?

They have $2.5 million in “room” exceptions available and should offer all of it right now, before another team swoops in and inks him to a deal.

Mike D’Antoni is publicly pitching the Big Apple as the best place to be for free agents and Posey needs to listen up.

"I think that having a good team and a good atmosphere and a great place to play gives you opportunities that people don't have. That's whats fun about [it]. Once you get it kind of rolling, then good things happen." 

Good things will definitely be on the horizon if the New York Knicks signed James Posey.