Fake NBA Trade of the Day 5/2/16: Gasol to Atlanta

Marc Gasol Hawks PI

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 Marc Gasol Week. 

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Memphis Grizzlies Receive:                                           Atlanta Hawks Receive:

Dennis Schroder                                                                Marc Gasol

Tiago Splitter

Thabo Sefolosha

2016 1st Round Pick

 

Why Memphis would make this trade: The Grizzlies are going to need a point guard of the future when Mike Conley leaves as a free agent, so adding Schroder and a pick gives their rebuild a nice kick start.

 

Why Atlanta would make this trade: Gasol is the perfect replacement for Al Horford should he decide to leave. He may not shoot quite as well, but he’s an even better passer and defender who fits Atlanta’s system perfectly. They lose a major long-term piece in trading Schroder, but this deal allows them to remain competitive indefinitely and potentially win the East.

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