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.
Toronto Raptors Receive: New Orleans Pelicans Receive:
Ryan Anderson Luis Scola
Raptors 2016 First Round Pick
Why Toronto Would Make This Trade: Adding Anderson would make Toronto nearly impossible to defend. Defenses want to pack the paint on DeMar DeRozan drives, but the combination of Kyle Lowry, Anderson and a healthy DeMarre Carroll makes that a tough pill to swallow. It also opens the door to more creative pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops, and Anderson’s bird rights would allow Toronto to keep him beyond 2016 without dipping into cap space.
Why New Orleans Would Make This Trade: New Orleans essentially gets two first round picks for a player they’re going to lose anyway. They aren’t going to find better value than that for a rental.