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 DeMarcus Cousins Week.
Sacramento Kings Receive: Chicago Bulls Receive:
Jimmy Butler DeMarcus Cousins
Why Sacramento would make this trade: Not only is Jimmy Butler a superstar, but he’s signed for four more seasons! He couldn’t leave if he wanted to! Considering how terribly the Kings are run, that’s important for any player they acquire.
Why Chicago would make this trade: Cousins is just an easier player to build around than Butler. If the Bulls could find another shooting wing to pair with Doug McDermott, they’d have a pretty diverse lineup that caters to the needs of both Cousins and Derrick Rose.