James Posey (Jim Davis / Globe Staff)
As we endure Day 1 of the James Posey Watch (the first official day, anyhow, given that free agents can now pen contracts), the Cleveland Plain Dealer brings us word that the Cavaliers have turned their focus to the local product (Posey grew up in Twinsburg, about 25 miles southeast of Cleveland).
The dominoes started to fall around 10 p.m. Tuesday, about two hours before NBA free agents could officially sign contracts. Forward Elton Brand shunned the Los Angeles Clippers and apparently accepted a five-year deal worth $82 million from the Philadelphia 76ers. Former Clipper Corey Maggette reportedly agreed to a five-year contract with the Golden State Warriors worth about $50 million.
That means Twinsburg's James Posey now is in the driver's seat. Posey, fresh off helping the Boston Celtics win the NBA championship, looms as the biggest name in the free-agent sweepstakes.
The Cavaliers are interested, and Posey's agent, Mark Bartelstein, acknowledged talks with Cavs general manager Danny Ferry and assistant general manager Chris Grant.
Posey waited until late August to sign with the Celtics last summer, but most don't expect him to wait that long this time around.
"I know he wants to make a decision quicker," Bartelstein said Tuesday night.