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.
Miami Heat Receive: Oklahoma City Thunder Receive:
Enes Kanter Hassan Whiteside
Why Miami Would Make This Trade: Miami needs a long-term center, and Kanter fits pretty well on a team that can hide him defensively with Chris Bosh and Justise Winslow. They’re better suited than most to take advantage of his offensive gifts, and though his contract is prohibitive, the fact that it’s locked in for three more years means it should age fairly well. The Heat would still have the cap space to make moves in free agency, but they could rest easy knowing they’ve already made a splash before the summer ever starts.
Why Oklahoma City Would Make This Trade: Hassan Whiteside is better at basketball than Enes Kanter. Period. The Thunder are trying to win a championship right now. If they believe Whiteside pushes them over the top, then adding him makes sense. Deng is also useful against Golden State as a wing who can play on both ends (though he’s not close to what he used to be), and if the Thunder really were to lose Kevin Durant this summer, at least they won’t be saddled with Kanter’s contract when they kickstart a rebuild.