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Posey decision imminent?

Posted by Chris Forsberg, Boston.com Staff  July 9, 2008 10:24 PM

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The Globe's Marc J. Spears reports that free agent James Posey could make a decision about where he'll play next year in "the next day or so."

Spears writes for Thursday's editions of the Globe:

The most coveted of the Celtics’ free agents is Posey, a two-time NBA champion who played a major reserve role this past season. The Cleveland native is also drawing interest from the Cavaliers, Washington, New Orleans, Detroit, and the Lakers, but no one seems willing to offer the full mid-level exception ($5.5 million). When asked about Posey and [free agent Eddie] House, agent Mark Bartelstein said in a text message: ‘‘Nothing new.’’ Bartelstein, however, did say he hoped to get Posey signed in ‘‘the next day or so’’ and said the Celtics are still in the mix.

Bartelstein indicated the same sentiment to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Wednesday evening. Mary Schmitt Boyer, who wrote in Wednesday's editions that the Cavs had turned their focus to the local product, followed up with a blog entry this evening in which she wrote:

Free agent forward James Posey of Twinsburg is likely to sign a multi-year deal in "a day or two," agent Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday evening.

Asked if the Cavaliers were still in the mix, Bartelstein said, "We're still talking."

Posey, who played a key role in the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA championship run, remains the most attractive unrestricted free agent on the market, after Elton Brand and Corey Maggette agreed to terms with Philadelphia and Golden State, respectively.

With his strong defensive abilities and 3-point shooting, he'd be an interesting addition to the Cavs' lineup, even if he's not the perimeter scorer or low-post presence many thought the team was looking to add.

Posey, 31, is believed to be seeking the mid-level exception, which will be $5.585 million for the upcoming season. In addition to the Cavs, his suitors are believed to include the Celtics, Lakers, New Orleans, Washington and Houston -- at least. Posey lives in Texas in the off-season. The San Antonio Spurs, who had been interested in Maggette, are another possibility.

Posey waited until late August before agreeing to a two-year contract with the Celtics last summer. After helping the Green to their 17th world title this past season, Posey opted out of the second year of his contract and has become a highly sought-after commodity. The latest reports seem to indicate he won't wait nearly as long to select the team he'll suit up for during the 2008-09 season.

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