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: Chicago Bulls Receive:
Jimmy Butler Carmelo Anthony
Why New York would make this trade: Jimmy Butler is a superstar! A young superstar! They’d be crazy NOT to make this trade.
Why Chicago would make this trade: If the rumors about Chicago wanting to deal Butler are true, ridiculous as they are, they aren’t going to get a better player right now than Anthony. The Bulls could conceivably build an immediate contender around Carmelo, and knowing Jerry Reinsdorf’s profit-driven philosophy, that’s probably more appealing than waiting on a multi-year rebuilding plan.