Every day, Pick and Popovich will post one fake trade and explain why it makes sense for every team involved to make it. There are no parameters beyond fitting within the salary cap. Sometimes the trades will involve stars, others role players. They are not grounded in actual rumors, they just make sense on paper.
Memphis Grizzlies Receive: Indiana Pacers Receive:
George Hill Mike Conley
Jordan Hill Vince Carter
Indiana Pacers 2016 First Round Pick
Why Memphis Would Make This Trade: This deal offers Memphis a best of both worlds scenario. If they think they’re going to lose Mike Conley over the summer, they get a chance to cash in and acquire a first round pick instead of losing him for nothing, but in adding Hill they also manage to stay competitive this season and next if they decide not to break up the team. They get to add an asset for their inevitable rebuild without having to start the rebuild right away, likely protecting jobs in the front office and selling necessary tickets for a small market team.
Why Indiana Would Make This Trade: For all that George Hill offers as a three-and-D point guard, he’s not close to Mike Conley as an all-around player. In Conley the Pacers would find not only a star of similar age to Paul George but one who grew up in the city and would likely embrace being a part of the organization. Adding him now as opposed to over the summer gives them the bird rights advantage in that they could give him a fifth year and higher year-to-year salary raises, as well as giving the team the chance to gel this season before really contending next year.