2. Boston Celtics
The Celtics have a situation brewing that could be on the brink of explosion by the time the regular season rolls around. Team harmony and chemistry is key to any championship contender, just ask the Warriors.
Malcolm Brogdon is by no means a star, but he is the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year and a core component to the current Boston roster. That didn’t stop the franchise from trying to trade him this offseason though, only for the Clippers to pull out of a reported deal because of Brogdon’s health issues.
The Celtics instead traded long-time veteran Marcus Smart in a three-way trade for Kristaps Porzingis, but that’s left Brogdon reportedly ‘pissed’ at the franchise for the failed trade that would have seen him depart after just one season.
If the Brogdon issue can’t be rectified in Boston, and Paul fails to work out with Golden State, could the 2022 NBA finalists come together to essentially just swap each player for one another?
Paul makes slightly more than Brogdon this season, but that can be eradicated by some salary filler going the Warriors way. Each could play the same role as a sixth man, and both have an injury history that may cause other teams to balk as the Clippers did.