Last summer, the Indiana Pacers made a solid trade to get Darren Collison and James Posey and shipping off Troy Murphy in a four-team deal with the Rockets, Hornets, and Nets.
Collison would end up being a huge difference as it appears Indy has found their point guard of the future along with George Hill coming off the bench. James Posey showed himself as a leader in the locker room as he has had his share with winning when he was X-factor for the Boston Celtics’ 2008 playoffs run. However, once Jim O’Brien was fired, Posey saw himself less and less in the Pacers’ line-up and was eventually out of the rotation fully.
Posey takes up a lot of cap space for Indy, with $7.5 million when the Hornets overpaid him a few years ago. After really doing nothing last year, it seemed as if Indy would amnesty him. It sure might look like it probably, as head coach Frank Vogel said that Posey will not be part of the Pacers’ future plans now. Indiana told him not to report to training camp.
“He’s not going to be with us,” Vogel told the Indianapolis Star. “We’re going to make a decision what to do with James at a later date, but he’s not going to be in camp.”
The Pacers have several options. As Mike Wells of Indy Star said it, the Pacers could amnesty him or keep him on the team but not use him at all, like they did with Jamaal Tinsley in the 2008-09 season.
As I see it, I think Indy will amnesty him. Would not be smart keeping him on the roster. Just a waste of a spot, in my opinion. Expect Posey to be gone and go elsewhere sometime soon.