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CNNSI: Which team got the best of the Kenny Thomas-James Posey trade?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by rezdawg, Dec 23, 2002.

  1. rezdawg

    rezdawg Member

    Feb 15, 2000
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    I searched to see if this was posted and I couldnt find it.


    1 Which team got the best of the Kenny Thomas-James Posey trade?
    James Posey
    Give the slight edge to the Rockets.

    Houston had to give up a pretty good player in Thomas, but it needed a perimeter defender and complementary scorer. Posey, a lanky 6-foot-8 athlete who can run the floor, should provide that missing dimension.

    Look for Posey to split time at small forward with sharpshooter Glen Rice. Together they give coach Rudy Tomjanovich greater flexibility, depending on whether he needs a stopper on the court or someone to spread the floor. Also, the move clears playing time for Maurice Taylor and shot-blocking specialist Eddie Griffin at power forward.

    Quietly, the Rockets have become a dangerous team. With center Yao Ming improving each game, Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley driving and dishing in the backcourt and now the Posey/Rice combo at small forward, Houston has some weapons. If the Rockets stay healthy, they could finish among the top four teams in the conference.

    The Sixers also have to be happy with the trade. They got an underrated player in Thomas for bench-warmers Mark Bryant and Art Long. The only question is, where will Thomas fit in? Coach Larry Brown already has a crowd at power forward with Keith Van Horn, Derrick Coleman and Bria Skinner.

    As for the Nuggets, they made this move strictly for financial reasons. Posey is a free agent after the season, and Denver didn’t think it was going to re-sign him; this way the Nuggets avoid losing him for nothing. They might struggle now to score 70 points many nights, but they probably just gave themselves a few more ping pong balls in the LeBron James Lottery.
  2. RocketFan85

    RocketFan85 Member

    May 27, 2002
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    Well if Denver gets Lebron James then they got the best part of the trade. Posey for Lebron is a nice trade. If Rudy ever plays Posey I will be able to tell who got the better part of the deal.
  3. UT Baller

    UT Baller Member

    Nov 25, 1999
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    There is no reason not to play the guy once he gets a couple of practices in. Considering the fact that KT was redundant and gone after this year anyway, anything we get out of Posey is gravy.

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