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: New York Knicks Receive:
Kristaps Porzingis DeMarcus Cousins
Robin Lopez Marco Belinelli
Why Sacramento would make this trade: Because Kristaps Porzingis is a future franchise player they’d control for at least four more seasons and, in all likelihood, closer to eight or nine. That gives them plenty of time to convince him to stick around and maybe build a contender.
Why New York would make this trade: Because Phil Jackson is old. He doesn’t want to wait around for Porzingis to hit his prime. With Cousins and Carmelo Anthony he’d have two stars right now. He could go all in for a title over the next few years. Would it work? Probably not. But it’s at least conceivable.