Free-agent Celtics sixth man James Posey was at the Garden tonight for the Celtics DVD premiere, but he didn’t shed much light on whether he was close to deciding which team he would sign with for the upcoming season.
“You’ve got to look at both sides,” said Posey, who was sporting a black Red Sox hat. “Both sides do what’s best for themselves. … It’s like college recruiting again.”
The Globe’s Marc J. Spears reported last night that Posey’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said there could be “something” contract-wise for his client today. He would not divulge the interested teams, but an NBA source said that the Hornets seem to be Boston’s main competition.
Posey, who also did not mention any specific teams and said he didn’t have a timetable for making a decision, said only that playing for a contender was important to him, and that he had been contacted by current members of the Celtics trying to convince him to stay.
“Yes, I’ve talked to those guys … they can only do so much,” Posey said.
One of the Celtics pushing for Posey to return has been Kevin Garnett, who said tonight he’s been giving Posey “a lot of encouragement to let him know he’s part of this team.”
Interstingly, Posey watched the Celtics’ championship DVD while sitting at the same table as Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
Fellow free agent Eddie House was also at the premiere, and said returning to the Celtics was his first choice.
The Celtics seem willing to give Posey the full $5.5 million mid-level exception, but it seems doubtful that it will be offered more than two years. The 31-year-old seems interested in getting a four-year deal. Other teams potentially interested in Posey include Detroit, Washington and Cleveland.
Information from the Globe’c Marc J. Spears was used in this report.