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: Detroit Pistons Receive:
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Jimmy Butler
2016 1st Round Pick
Why Chicago would make this trade: Similar to the Boston deal, it’s a trade that helps the Bulls build around Derrick Rose by surrounding him with high-end role players. KCP is one of the league’s best defenders, and Morris is an emerging scorer who can guard multiple positions. All in all it gives the Bulls significant flexibility in building the roster around Rose.
Why Detroit would make this trade: Because the last time Stan Van Gundy paired an All-Star guard with an All-Star center, he came one Dwyane Wade injury away from reaching the Finals. Giving Van Gundy Butler and Andre Drummond is 90% of the battle. He can find the right role players to put around that pair. But he can’t find another Jimmy Butler.