Boston Celtics Roster: Top NBA Free Agents Targeted Revealed; New Players to Come in Potential Trade?

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 06/19/17 04:49AM EDT

NBA free agents will soon be available on the market, and the Boston Celtics may already have their top targets. It appears that Boston has two All-Stars it aims to include on the roster. These are Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward, both currently with Western Conference teams. 

Griffin and Hayward are among the much coveted NBA free agents this summer. They are going to be available not because their contracts are expiring, it is by choice. The two are expected to opt out of their deals to earn more money. There will be a massive spike in the NBA salary cap this year and in 2018. 

It was Adrian Wojnarowski who linked Griffin and Hayward to Boston. In a report by Yahoo! Sports, it was mentioned that on his podcast, he said these impending NBA free agents are likely prioritized by the Celtics.  

"I think Boston's two primary free-agent targets right now are Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Now they're not going to get both of them, but they're both players who would potentially have interest there and who Boston I think looks at in different ways with their future," Wojnarowski stated. 

Aside from Griffin and Hayward, there might be new players coming in for the Celtics. A report by ESPN stated that they are negotiating a potential NBA trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

It is going to be Boston giving up the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to Philadelphia. In return, the 76ers will send a package deal to the Celtics which has the No. 3 pick. 

Since it is a package deal, there could be players, draft picks, or both. The possible trade is still in the works and nothing is confirmed yet. 

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