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 Jimmy Butler Week.
Chicago Bulls Receive: Portland Trailblazers Receive:
C.J. McCollum Jimmy Butler
Why Chicago would make this trade: McCollum has similar value to Butler, but his shooting is a much better offensive fit with Rose. Plus, his rookie contract extends for one more season, giving the Bulls a brief window with additional cap space to spend.
Why Los Angeles would make this trade: It ends the “can Lillard and McCollum defend well enough to win a championship” debate by replacing C.J. with an all-world defender in Butler. Lillard’s shooting is a perfect fit next to him, and the overall shot-creation between the two of them would be extremely difficult to defend.