Fake NBA Trade of the Day 5/15/16: Jimmy Butler to New Orleans

Jimmy Butler Pellies

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. 

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Chicago Bulls Receive:                                                  New Orleans Pelicans Receive:

Tyreke Evans                                                                    Jimmy Butler

Quincy Pondexter

2016 1st Round Pick


Why Chicago would make this trade: It’s a rebuilding trade that relies on Chicago liking someone in this draft class enough to trade an established star, but if they wanted to go the youth route Butler should be able to net any pick in this draft outside of the top two. New Orleans is just the most motivated buyer.


Why Los Angeles would make this trade: Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis would be on the same team. Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis should not be on the same team. It would be mean to all of the other teams.

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