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. During the 2016 NBA Playoffs, each week will feature seven fake trades of one star player. This is Carmelo Anthony Week.
New York Knicks Receive: Miami Heat Receive:
Justise Winslow Carmelo Anthony
Why New York would make this trade: Justise Winslow is a future All-Star. He is among the best players New York could hope to receive as part of a Carmelo deal. And hey, if Chris Bosh turns out to be healthy? All the better.
Why Miami would make this trade: Not only does Miami acquire Anthony, but they also clear an enormous amount of long-term salary in Bosh and McRoberts. A trade like this would leave Miami with only Anthony, Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson and Briante Weber under contract for next season. That gives them around $45 million in projected cap space to play with over the summer. That might mean bringing back Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade, or it could allow the Heat to get more creative in building a roster around Carmelo. Either way, the flexibility is very valuable.