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: Toronto Raptors receive: Oklahoma City Thunder Receive:
Jonas Valanciunas Carmelo Anthony Demarre Carroll
New York Knicks’ 2016 First Round Draft Pick
Why New York Would Make this Trade: Volume. New York gets a bonafide young low-post scorer in Jonas, a promising point guard in Payne, their own first round pick back and a chance to see if Mitch McGary is an NBA player. All together, that’s worth Anthony.
Why Toronto Would Make This Trade: If Toronto loses in the playoffs again this year, it will be clear that they simply need a talent upgrade to take things to the next level. Adding Anthony to Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan might be redundant, but the scoring potential is through the roof.
Why Oklahoma City Would Make This Trade: The Thunder need another wing to play a true small ball lineup against the Warriors. If Carroll is healthy, he’s one of the best three-and-D role players in basketball. This is a coup for the Thunder.