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.
Washington Wizards Receive: Los Angeles Lakers Receive:
D’Angelo Russell John Wall
Jordan Clarkson Marcin Gortat
Julius Randle Kris Humphries
Larry Nance Jr. Drew Gooden
Why Washington Would Make This Trade: If the Wizards miss the playoffs this season we’re going to start hearing rumblings that John Wall is unhappy. When they don’t sign Kevin Durant, those rumblings are going to get louder. If they miss the playoffs again next year, those rumblings might reach a boiling point. If the Wizards have any inkling that Wall is or might soon become unhappy, cashing in on a young superstar with several years left on his contract might be an easy way to hit the reset button as an organization. Look at everything they’d get! Combine those young pieces with Bradley Beal and a few years of tanking and the Wizards might escape second-round purgatory one day.
Why Los Angeles Would Make This Trade: All the Lakers need is one star. That’s it. When that one star is in place, he can recruit others. The Laker brand does the rest. Few stars would be more fun to play with than Wall, arguably the league’s best passer and an excellent defensive point guard. There’s little inherent risk in Wall due to his clean bill of health and long contract, and while the assets they’re giving up are extremely valuable, none of them are sure things in the way that Wall is. Oh, and by the way, this trade would still allow the Lakers to keep their first-round pick if it falls in the top-3. Adding that kind of rookie to John Wall and a boatload of cap space would be a great way to kick off the post-Kobe era for the Lakers.