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.
Oklahoma City Thunder Receive: Phoenix Suns Receive:
P.J. Tucker Mitch McGary
Why Oklahoma City Would Make This Trade: The Thunder are at least one wing away from seriously competing with Golden State in a seven-game series. If they are forced to play Dion Waiters or Anthony Morrow down the stretch the Warriors will pound that matchup on as many possessions as possible. However, Andre Roberson cripples their spacing, especially if they happen to be playing a true center. They need someone who can play near Roberson’s level of defense while shooting at least league-average from three-point range. Enter Tucker, an elite defender who has made around 34% from three on mediocre Suns teams. With the players around him on the Thunder, he’d be a real threat from the perimeter.
Why Phoenix Would Make This Trade: Mitch McGary actually showed a fair amount of promise last year. He’s just fallen out of a clogged rotation because Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter are all near-max players, and that’s before you factor in the minutes Kevin Durant plays at power forward. With Phoenix likely heading into rebuilding mode, a younger piece like McGary has value.