Two years ago the Houston Rockets brought the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination leading the series 3-2 before Chris Paul’s season was ended via injury which ultimately allowed Golden State to take the next two games and series.
Daryl Morey had constructed an analytical masterpiece primed to take down Goliath. So when the Rockets kept their core intact, they gave themselves the opportunity to prove to the rest on the NBA that the Warriors were lucky to get away the previous year.
Now that this year had arrived, the roles had even reversed; the GSW saw one of their key players go down in Kevin Durant at a pivotal point in the series.
The door was wide open for the Rockets to take the top spot in the NBA. But with the series knotted up at two apiece and the Warriors looking more vulnerable than ever, the Rockets lost the next two games, including a series clinching loss on their home floor proving the Warriors were never lucky to get away, the Rockets were the lucky ones for even getting to a seventh game.
With the NBA hierarchy firmly back in place, Daryl Morey and the Rockets are looking like they have no choice but to start over hence the reports of them exploring trade options for Chris Paul, Clint Capela, and Eric Gordon.
So that brings up the question: should the Boston Celtics be interested in any of these key contributors?
It’s starting to look more and more like the Boston Celtics are going to need a new starting point guard but is Chris Paul the answer?
We all know how great Paul has been throughout his career, averaging
4.5 total rebounds
While this year’s production was naturally a little lower than his career averages, he’s still one of the league’s best point guards and would be a nice change of pace with his ability to distribute.
However, for a team that was crippled by chemistry issues, bringing in a new point guard who isn’t known for getting along with his teammates sounds like a terrible idea.
Also, Boston, a team that doesn’t have any cap space, would have to sell off half the team just to match his contract.
Clint Capela’s fit with with the Boston Celtics is probably best of any of the players Houston has to offer. He’s a long rim protector who is great in the pick and role.
Unfortunately, like Chris Paul, his contract is too much for the Celtics to engage in any trade talks.
Eric Gordon is a great three and D wing, which would be an amazing addition for anyone trying to construct a modern NBA roster.
You might be noticing a pattern here, Gordon makes too much money for the Celtics. The Rockets seem to have a habit of overpaying for their talent which may be one of the reasons they are considering blowing things up.