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: Indiana Pacers Receive:
Myles Turner Carmelo Anthony
Why New York would make this trade: A pairing of Myles Turner and Kristaps Porzingis would give the Knicks an unprecedented combination of shooting and rim protection from their front court. Both project to be solid three-point shooters, and both are already very advanced defenders. Most teams pray for just one player who can do both. New York would have two, opening up all sorts of possibilities for how they could build the rest of their roster.
Why Indiana would make this trade: If you have two superstars, you’ve won 90% of the battle. You still have to put a team around them, but you have the basis of a championship roster. A Paul George-Carmelo Anthony combination gives Indiana plenty of flexibility in building their roster as both can play either forward spot and George could even play shooting guard. Between those two and George Hill Indiana could switch practically any action opposing offenses run.