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: Denver Nuggets Receive:
Danilo Gallinari DeMarcus Cousins
Kenneth Faried Marco Belinelli
Nikola Jokic Kosta Koufos
Why Sacramento would make this trade: Because the Kings are crazy and would absolutely trade a superstar for four starters.
Why Milwaukee would make this trade: Aside from finally finding a superstar to pick up where Carmelo Anthony left off? Mike Malone was the one coach Boogie actually liked! He might consider staying in Denver! And a Cousins-Emmanuel Mudiay duo is something Denver could really build on.