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Celtics forward James Posey's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said his client will opt out of the second and final year of his contract today. The move will make the versatile Posey an unrestricted free agent, but Bartelstein has also said his client wants to return to Boston. When asked about whether Posey, who averaged 7.4 points per game this season, will be re-signed, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said Saturday: "I'd hate to say whether or not we will be able to. We'll see what happens." Free agency begins tomorrow.

Early offseason rumblings have the Lakers and Hornets among potential suitors for Posey's services. New Orleans freed up some space when it traded its No. 27 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft to Portland in exchange for $3 million cash.

Chad Ford ranks the top free agents , and has Posey at #7 among those who are unrestricted.  The Patriot Ledger has a decent overview on the Celtics free agents, while links to what we should expect from free agency around the league.

No word yet on whether the Celtics intend to extend Tony Allen a $2.74 million qualifying offer.  The deadline is today.  If they give him the qualifying offer, the team has the right of first refusal on any free agent offers Tony might get, and he has the option of accepting the offer and playing for one season at $2.74 million.  If the team declines, Tony becomes an unrestricted free agent.

As a reminder, teams can begin talking to free agents tonight at midnight, and teams can officially sign those free agents starting July 9.


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