Fake NBA Trade of the Day 2/8/16: Miami-OKC Blockbuster

Russ Westbrook

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.

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Oklahoma City Thunder Receive:                                         Miami Heat Receive:

Chris Bosh                                                                                    Russell Westbrook

Goran Dragic                                                                               Steven Adams

Hassan Whiteside                                                                      Kyle Singler

Gerald Green                                                                               Steve Novak

Amar’e Stoudemire                                                                    D.J. Augustin

 

Why Oklahoma City Would Make This Trade: In short, it would make the Thunder the best on-paper team in basketball. Right now they aren’t good enough to beat the Warriors. They may not be after this trade, but they’d have more overall talent. A lineup of Dragic, Andre Roberson, Kevin Durant, Bosh and Serge Ibaka would be an absolute nightmare for the small-ball Warriors as it has the size to punish them at the rim without compromising spacing and still has the agility to defend five shooters. If the Thunder are committed to winning a single championship, rather than competing for a longer period of time, this is the sort of move they’d make

 

Why Miami Would Make This Trade: This trade is, in essence, a bet. If Oklahoma City wins the championship, Durant likely stays put and the Heat are left with the admittedly desirable consolation prize of just having Russell Westbrook. But if the Thunder were to lose, this summer would become a whole lot more interesting. Durant’s Thunder team would be much older. They would’ve traded his good friend Westbrook without it netting him a championship. He would likely become far more amenable to leaving, and where better to go than Miami, to play with Westbrook and for free agency boogeyman Pat Riley? Were this scenario to play out, Miami would be able to trot out a starting lineup of Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Durant, Justise Winslow and Steven Adams… with meaningful cap space left to spend. In other words, holy crap.

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