The NBA playoffs are less than a week away, but the NBA’s free agency is already underway.
A lot of teams are expected to make changes to their rosters heading into next season, but there are some intriguing names who may be able to snag top-tier free agents for the 2017-18 season.
While the NBA season is over, the players and coaches who were there for the games are still on the sidelines.
But that doesn’t mean the teams aren’t preparing to begin a new chapter in the sport’s history.
Here’s a look at five teams that may be looking to re-sign their players, or bring in a fresh face.1.
Boston Celtics (via Denver Nuggets):The Celtics, who will be in the Western Conference finals for the first time in two years, will be looking for their first championship in four years, as well as the first top-5 finish in franchise history.
After being the most successful team in franchise annals, the Celtics have had some rough patches this year.
The team’s first playoff appearance in a decade came with Kevin Garnett injured and the team being swept in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers, and the franchise is now without two of its best players in Kevin Love and Ray Allen.
The Celtics have a number of players on their roster who could help the team in their quest to return to the playoffs, but one of the most intriguing is guard Avery Bradley, who is a potential free agent this offseason.
He averaged 13.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game last season, which led the NBA and ranked fourth in the league among guards.
Bradley has shown flashes of potential throughout his career, including a career-high 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest last season.
But Bradley was one of only five players to average at least 12 points and 9 rebounds per outing in 2016-17, and he will likely need to step up next season.
Bradford could become a nice fit for the Celtics, as he can provide them with a veteran presence and an upgrade at the shooting guard spot.
The team is also expected to bring in another guard to help with the perimeter offense.
The Celtics already have two young shooting guards in Devin Booker and Isaiah Thomas, and they could also bring in one of their younger big men to complement the younger talent on the roster.
Bradman would be a nice upgrade to a Celtics team that is currently lacking in the frontcourt, as the team is expected to be rebuilding.
The 25-year-old has averaged 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per 36 minutes this season, and his ability to shoot the three would be ideal.2.
Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers are set to open the 2017 NBA season with a game against the Los Angles Clippers.
However, the Cavaliers are likely going to bring back one of LeBron James’ closest friends, James Jones, to the team.
The Cavaliers are hoping that Jones will take some time off from the court, as James Jones has been diagnosed with ALS and has been dealing with it since last October.
However the Cavs are not ready to make a decision on whether or not James Jones will be available to play in the 2017 Finals.
They’re going to have to make that decision after James Jones’ return, which will be sometime in June.
James Jones has battled ALS since last year, and has reportedly battled with his health for the last few months.
This is not the first medical scare for James Jones.
In 2016, James suffered an ankle injury during training camp, and missed the remainder of the season due to his injury.
Jones returned to play two games in the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in 2017, but missed all four of those games due to the injury.