4. Boston Celtics
The rumor mill appears to have another All-Star point guard headed to the Boston Celtics: Kemba Walker. Twitter makes it seem as though the ink has dried on a brand new contract, but common sense — along with a number of previous reports regarding other free agents — should suggest no deal is truly done until the pen meets paper.
Having said that, it’s hard difficult not to see the benefits for both Russell and the Celtics in a potential agreement. Kemba is a better player, but D-Lo is no scrub and, at 23 compared to Walker’s 29, fits far better with Boston’s new timeline built around Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Russell’s game is not built on the ability to muscle his way through defenders and finish through contact. It bears a striking resemblance to a snake, slithering through multiple defenders, weaving his way all around the court until he picks a spot to shoot.
That style of play clearly worked under Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, but it might be even better under Boston’s Brad Stevens. A master offensive tactician who draws up some of the best plays in basketball, Stevens would create sets for Russell that truly accentuate his smooth but simultaneously herky-jerky motions.
They struggled at times under supporting roles, but Tatum and Brown look the part of future stars, especially with a greater share of the offense incoming. Not only playing, but growing next to those two is something that would tremendously benefit Russell, forming an elite young trio that rivals any other and would be set to compete at a high level for years to come.