Tuesday, July 20, 1999

Denver signs Posey to 4-year deal


Will play for Denver in summer league

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        James Posey on Monday signed a four-year, $5 million contract with the Denver Nuggets and will play with his new team in the Salt Lake City Review summer league starting next week.

        The first three years of Posey's contract are guaranteed, and the Nuggets have the option to pick up the fourth year, said Posey's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

        “Just another piece of the puzzle,” Posey said. “I'm hap py. Mark wouldn't let me doing anything without it.

        “To be honest, I really wasn't thinking about it. I just kept working out. He was doing his part, and I was doing my part.”

        The 6-foot-8 Posey, Xavier's leading rebounder the past three seasons, was the 18th pick in the first round of the NBA draft on June 30. He has been in Denver working out with the Nuggets' younger players.

        “We were awful tickled that he was still there at 18,” Denver Vice President and General Manager Dan Issel said. “We didn't think there was any way that was going to happen.

        “I think it's important for us to have him here, to get familiar with our system, and I think it's important for James. The fact that he starts ... from the very beginning, that's going to be very beneficial to his chances of really making a contribution to the team this year.”

        Issel said Posey will spend equal time at small forward and shooting guard during summer league play.

        Torraye Braggs, a 1998 XU graduate who played this past year in Spain and Venezuela, will play for Utah in the Salt Lake City Review and try to earn a spot on the Jazz roster. Utah selected Braggs, also a Bartelstein client, in the second round of the 1998 draft.

        “I'm anxious to see him get out there,” Bartelstein said. “He really played well (overseas).”

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