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: Utah Jazz receive: Phoenix Suns Receive:
Rodney Hood Carmelo Anthony Derrick Favors
Dante Exum Brandon Knight Alec Burks
Tyson Chandler Tibor Pleiss
Why New York Would Make this Trade: Hood and Exum could potentially be New York’s backcourt of the future. Their shooting deficiencies can somewhat be hidden if Kristaps Porzingis develops into the gunner we think he’ll become, allowing the Knicks to take advantage of two uniquely skilled guards in ways other teams simply couldn’t. Oh, and Tyson Chandler is a locker room leader. Yay.
Why Utah Would Make This Trade: A starting lineup of Brandon Knight, Gordon Hayward, Carmelo Anthony, Trey Lyles and Rudy Gobert is virtually flawless. The group fits together beautifully. The biggest hurdle would be convincing Anthony to play for Utah. The championship potential of this roster is their best bet.
Why Phoenix Would Make This Trade: Derrick Favors is still somehow only 24. He’s already a very good NBA player on both sides of the floor, but is still young enough to fit into a rebuilding timeline. Phoenix couldn’t ask for a better return for Knight after his disappointing year.