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: Los Angeles Lakers Receive:
D’Angelo Russell Carmelo Anthony
Why New York would make this trade: The Knicks need a point guard of the future, and Russell flashed brilliance at points during his rookie season. A Russell-Porzingis pairing gives the Knicks two potential stars long-term, but it also gives them two incredibly cheap contracts for the next three years. That makes it much easier to build a team around them. Two young studs and the New York market is a pretty decent recruiting pitch.
Why Los Angeles Would Make this trade: Anthony is the only superstar L.A. could conceivably add right now and immediately step in as face of the franchise. Further, his willingness to play for the Lakers would give the team the credibility it has lacked for the past several years. Plus, the Lakers probably need to trade Russell anyway, so this kills two birds with one stone.