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: Minnesota Timberwolves Receive:
Andrew Wiggins DeMarcus Cousins
Why Sacramento would make this trade: As is the case with most potential Boogie trades, this deal gives the Kings a much younger franchise player they’d control for several more years. They may not be able to build a contender in three seasons, but surely it’d be possible in six or seven.
Why Minnesota would make this trade: A front court pairing of Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns would be unstoppable. Their interior skill sets complement each other and both have range on their shots. Plus, it opens up a spot in the starting lineup for another shooter, which Minnesota will need if Ricky Rubio and Zack LaVine is the backcourt of the future. Plus, they’d get to dump Nikola Pekovic. That’s an added perk.