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Title-seeking Hornets pluck Posey from Celtics

NEW ORLEANS — James Posey has won NBA titles with two teams. The Hornets hope to be his third.

Posey, a 6-foot-8 forward who last season helped the Celtics win their first championship since 1986, agreed Wednesday to a four-year, $25-million contract with New Orleans, said his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Posey also was part of the Heat's title team in 2005-06. His record of playing a prominent reserve role on title-winning squads made him a top free-agent target for the Hornets, who are coming off their best season in franchise history.

The Celtics hoped to keep Posey, who struggled with the decision, knowing that joining All-Stars Chris Paul and David West in New Orleans would mean leaving Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in Boston.

"If he was going to leave Boston, he wanted to make sure it was for a team that would compete for championship immediately, and the Hornets certainly are in that world," Bartelstein said.

The Hornets' weakness was an inconsistent bench. Posey averaged 22 minutes during Boston's playoff run, scoring 6.7 points with 3.6 rebounds a game. He averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in the regular season.

Helping the U.S. cause: Rookie of the year Kevin Durant, No. 1 draft pick Derrick Rose and former UF and current Hawks center Al Horford were among the players chosen for the select team that will scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic team next week. Two additional players will be selected from the Las Vegas summer league, which ends Sunday. Also chosen: Memphis' O.J. Mayo, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, Sacramento's Kevin Martin, Oklahoma City's Jeff Green, Detroit's Rodney Stuckey and Houston's Luther Head.

Cavaliers: Sharpshooting guard Daniel Gibson, a restricted free agent, signed a five-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.

Celtics: Free-agent center Patrick O'Bryant, who played 40 games for Golden State last season, signed, but terms were not disclosed.

Knicks: New York is expected to sign guard Anthony Roberson, possibly ending Stephon Marbury's tenure with the team, reported. Roberson's agent, Chris Grier Luchey, said Roberson is nearing a deal for two years and about $1.6-million.

Nets: Free agents Eduardo Najera (four years, $12-million) and Jarvis Hayes (two years, $4-million) officially signed their new contracts.

WNBA: Cheryl Ford scored 14 as Detroit improved to 10-0 at home with a 66-63 victory over Chicago. … Iziane Castro Marques scored 24 as visiting Atlanta won its third game of the season after an 0-17 start, 81-77 over Indiana.

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