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.
Atlanta Hawks Receive: Milwaukee Bucks Receive:
Greg Monroe Al Horford
Michael Carter-Williams Thabo Sefolosha
Why Atlanta Would Make This Trade: If the Hawks think they are going to lose Al Horford and want to remain competitive, flipping him now for Monroe makes a bit of sense. He could serve a somewhat similar function in the offense and fits Mike Budenholzer’s scheme well as a great passer from the high-post. As for Carter-Williams, he gives them a high-reward point guard project to groom behind Dennis Schroeder assuming they trade Jeff Teague. If they can teach Kent Bazemore how to shoot maybe they can do the same for Carter-Williams. That would make him a far more valuable asset, one they acquired at a relative discount.
Why Milwaukee Would Make This Trade: Horford, aside from being an All-Star caliber player, offers a unique solution for Milwaukee’s spacing problems. It’s odd to place a heavy three-point burden on your center, but it’s worked well for Charlotte. Horford isn’t Frank Kaminsky or Spencer Hawes, but he at least scares teams enough to defend him from long-range, opening things up for other Bucks to drive. It’s a risk to give up so much for a pending free agent, but Horford reportedly wants security. Getting his bird rights now might be enough to keep him later.