Miami Herald: There’s at least a chance the Heat won’t watch a second free agent bolt to another team without getting something — or someone — in return.

The agent for veteran forward James Posey said Monday his client would agree to be used in a sign-and-trade deal if the Heat was unwilling to offer a new deal to stay in Miami.

Posey has attracted interest from Utah, Dallas, Denver, New Jersey, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers, agent Mark Bartelstein said.

Posey is an unrestricted free agent and free to deal with another team without having to work out an arrangement with the Heat. But Bartelstein said Posey is willing to wait for the best opportunity.

”When it gets to this time of the year, you have to have an open mind about everything,” Bartelstein said. “[Posey] would like to go back to Miami, but he’s going to make the best decision he can for him.”

Posey, 30, earned $6.3 million last season, his second with the Heat. Most of the teams interested in Posey reportedly plan to use either part or all of their midlevel exception salary of $5.5 million to $6 million a year. Any deal above that amount likely would require a sign-and-trade.

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  • kisofdeath

    good role player dont know who we would trade for him

  • lakersforlife77

    nah…..not if we have to give him all the mle……pass.

  • kgmvp

    If the nocioni thing does not work then for me it´s going to be ok if the lakers get him with the mle.

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    Yeah I really don’t know who we would trade for him either.

  • kb24

    here is the order in wich we sould go for FA- papaloukas, mo williams, steve francis, duhon, nocioni, posey.

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  • Fran Pacsi

    Never underestimate a player’s heart. A great player who is willing to be a role player and do whatever to make the team better. Unselfish – isn’t that refreshing for the Lakers? Go get him.

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  • punkjones

    Where would Posey play? The 3? Same problem as Nocioni, and I would take Nocioni any day over this guy. We’ve got two small forwards under contract for a long time. Want to spend another 30 million on yet another small forward? Sounds pretty dumb to me.

    Is it my imagination or does Mitch Kupchak just have a thing for small forwards? We always seem to be overloaded with them. Remember having Caron and Jumaine Jones and Luke Walton? Enough with the small forwards. Get a decent point guard.