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 Tony Parker Week.
San Antonio Spurs Receive: Dallas Mavericks Receive:
Justin Anderson Tony Parker
Why San Antonio would make this trade: Justin Anderson is a very promising young wing, someone who already plays above-average defense and should be able to develop into a decent shooter (especially in San Antonio under Chip Engelland). Plus, he’s incredibly cheap, opening up some of the cap space necessary for San Antonio to find Parker’s replacement.
Why Dallas would make this trade: Rick Carlisle just won a road playoff game with Raymond Felton at point guard. Even in his aged state, Tony Parker represents an enormous upgrade. He helps with free agent recruiting, and if the Mavs played their financial cards right, could still create max cap space even with Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Wes Matthews and Chandler Parsons on the team. That’d be the best Mavericks lineup on paper since their championship team.