Fake NBA Trade of the Day 2/12/16: Lance Returns to Indiana


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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Los Angeles Clippers Receive:                                             Indiana Pacers Receive:

C.J. Miles                                                                                     Lance Stephenson

Chase Budinger                                                                         Clippers’ 2019 First Round Pick


Why Los Angeles Makes This Trade: The Clippers need a usable three-and-D small forward to complete their starting lineup. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is all D, Paul Pierce is all three and Wes Johnson is Wes Johnson. Getting Miles, especially on a cheap contract, is a coup considering how few assets they have to move.

Why Indiana Makes This Trade: Losing Miles is a tough bullet to bite, but everyone in that organization remembers how good Lance used to be for them. If they can find some way to get him to play like he did in 2013-14 again this is an absolute steal. Getting a first round pick for their troubles is just the cherry on top.


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