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.
Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: Boston Celtics Receive:
James Young Kevin Garnett
Why Minnesota Would Make This Trade: Yes, Kevin Garnett has a no-trade clause and yes, he probably doesn’t want to go anywhere, but something tells me he’d waive it for a chance to finish his career back in Boston and on a playoff team. There would be no hard feelings on either side as he’d need to accept the trade anyway, and it gives Minnesota fliers on two young shooters who haven’t been able to crack the rotation on the much deeper Celtics. If Garnett really does plan to join Minnesota’s front office when he retires, helping them get some free young talent seems like a smart play.
Why Boston Would Make This Trade: Aside from the heartwarming reunion with Garnett? Boston actually needs a big man like Garnett, someone who can play great defense (and yes, his defense is still great in small doses, Minnesota’s D is a full 12 points worse per 100 possessions when he sits) and still provide some degree of spacing. They’d only be giving up two young players who haven’t actually been able to play, so the price is relatively reasonable, and if Garnett helps the Celtics make a run to the Eastern Conference Finals he’d help prove to free agents that Boston is a desirable place to play.