5. Chris Paul
Paul has already been traded twice this offseason, but he could move again before the deadline. The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer was sent from Phoenix to Washington D.C. in the Bradley Beal trade, but the rebuilding Wizards quickly flipped him to Golden State for Jordan Poole. CP3 has never been a backup in his career, and there is no guarantee he fits in the Warriors system.
This could be a disgruntled player swap at the deadline. Kristaps Porzingis may struggle to stay healthy and fit in with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but he would give the Dubs a stretch five and rim protector for the playoffs. Boston may be light on ball-handling after trading Marcus Smart and eager to add a point guard.
Chris Paul and Kristaps Porzingis are both injury risks, so this would be strictly a playstyle and personnel move. Golden State could be looking for a big man, especially if Dario Saric struggles. The Celtics do not have a true point guard and could be eager to acquire one to raise their ceiling.
Consider this trade unlikely, but possible if things go poorly for both sides before February’s deadline. The Boston Celtics will be searching for star power, but Chris Paul may be the biggest name moved.