It’s the eve of the 2017 NBA Free Agency period and the Boston Celtics are trying to prime themselves to land an All-Star player.

Among the players viewed as the top prizes to land via a free agency contract are forwards Gordon Hayward of Utah and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.  Both players have been at least initiailly linked to the Celtics this off-season as a potential landing spot.

Hayward played his college ball at Butler under Brad Stevens and may be in line for a chance to reunite with his old coach.  According to Brian Windhorst, the forward is looking for a three year contract that may make him more likely to be on the move than re-signing with the Jazz.  Hayward is set to meet with Miami, Boston, and Utah over the weekend before making his decision.

Griffin future is also up in the air after his teammate Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday afternoon.  The forward will opt out of his deal and will be considering a few teams, including the Celtics.

Other notable free agents include Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap, George Hill, among others.  The Indiana Pacers are still also looking for trade partner for Paul George, with Boston, Houston, and Los Angeles being listed as possibilities.

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