3. Boston Celtics
There has been plenty of talk about the Celtics needing a true point guard for years. They reached the conference finals with Kyrie Irving in 2018 and nearly knocked out LeBron James and the Cavaliers, but fell short in seven games. Boston has been back to the conference finals three times since, but they only broke through in 2022 before losing in the NBA Finals to the Warriors.
Is Chris Paul their missing piece? The 38-year-old point guard could organize the offense and create shots along with spacing the floor when Jayson Tatum is running the show. Paul and Devin Booker formed a dynamic duo in Phoenix that got the Suns to the NBA Finals in 2021. Now, he could partner with Tatum and Jaylen Brown in Boston.
The Celtics have a strong defense and a deep roster to go with their stars too. Paul could start in the backcourt next to Marcus Smart with Derrick White and Robert Williams being two of the league’s best bench players.
Chris Paul has never played in the Eastern Conference. Could Boston be the team that he switches for? The Celtics are arguably the best positioned to give him a shot at winning a championship in 2024, but his desire to return to Los Angeles may just be too strong.