Fake NBA Trade of the Day 5/17/16: Tony Parker to Indiana

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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. 

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San Antonio Spurs Receive:                                                  Indiana Pacers Receive:

George Hill                                                                                 Tony Parker


Why San Antonio would make this trade: George Hill is several years younger than Parker, and he’s Gregg Popovich’s favorite player. He’d be able to jump right back into the swing of things in San Antonio without needing time to learn the system, and he still saves them around $5 million in cap space compared to Parker.


Why Indiana would make this trade: Parker is a worse player than Hill at this point, but he also brings instant credibility to a franchise. If Larry Bird really does want to shake things up, and firing Frank Vogel made that apparent, bringing in Parker to groom a younger point guard and help recruit free agents to small-market Indiana seems like a logical move to make.

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