Chris Paul is giving up on a 200+ million dollar contract to join a Laker team that is still not playoff bound and for millions less with a shorter term contract? I don't see that happening in the slightest. Even if the Lakers magically shed Deng and Mozgov and clear all cap space, it won't be enough to match the offer the Clippers can and will give Paul. Plus, the Clippers are already in (ever so slight) contention.
Like I said before, the Celtics will go all in for Hayward, and Hayward will listen closely. If it's not the Jazz, it's the Celtics for him. Aside from that they'll look to get some size in the middle. And when that's all said and done, they still won't get by Cleveland next year. It's the Cavs and Warriors once again next year.
The Celtics are most definitely a threat in acquiring and retaining Paul George.