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.
Phoenix Suns Receive: Utah Jazz Receive:
Dante Exum Eric Bledsoe
Why Phoenix would make this trade: It’s pretty apparent at this point that Phoenix’s two point guard experiment hasn’t worked. That’s not to say Dante Exum can’t play point guard long term. In fact, it’s his likely position. But the Bledsoe-Dragic and Bledsoe-Knight pairings haven’t even gotten Phoenix to the playoffs. They’re tanking at the moment and will likely need to fall into something of a rebuild if they want to get back into championship contention. Both players’ injuries cancel each other out here, so they are essentially trading the older, proven Bledsoe for the young guy in Exum. All it does is push the rebuild into motion.
Why Utah would make this trade: The Jazz want to win now and have the players to do it. They just need a point guard. They’ll have meaningful cap space this summer but nobody to spend it on. The only point guard of note to hit the market will be Mike Conley and he’ll likely have more attractive options. This is Utah’s chance to buy low on a player who was a borderline All-Star when healthy and provides some much-needed spacing without compromising their defense. Bledsoe has major injury issues, but if he manages to stay healthy for Utah they push themselves much closer to Golden State and San Antonio.