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Celtics reportedly targeting Danilo Gallinari as Gordon Hayward fallback

Alex Reimer
July 02, 2017 - 9:10 am

The Celtics appear to have a backup plan if they're unable to land free agent forward Gordon Hayward.

The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports the team has reached out to Danilo Gallinari, though they haven't scheduled a meeting yet. The Celtics are sitting down with Hayward Sunday, and plan to make a basketball-centric pitch, with Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford flying to Boston to join the proceedings. Thomas also took part in an emoji war Saturday –– words I never thought I would type –– to convince Hayward to join him in Boston. No word on whether the message was received. 

With Blake Griffin remaining in Los Angeles and Paul George heading to Oklahoma City, there's pressure on the Celtics to strike a deal with Hayward. Even though Brad Stevens coached Hayward at Butler University, Boston may not be the front-runner for his services. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Saturday the Heat are emerging as the favorite to land the All-Star.  

Gallinari, who's reportedly seeking to earn roughly $20 million per season, would be a fallback option for the Celtics. He can play either forward position and is a career 37 percent shooter from three-point range. His injury history is a problem, however. Gallinari has only played more than 70 games in a season twice during his nine-year NBA career. 

The 2008 No. 6 overall pick averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game with the Nuggets last season.