Fake NBA Trade of the Day 5/19/16: Tony Parker to Brooklyn

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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:                                                  Brooklyn Nets Receive:

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson                                                          Tony Parker

 

Why San Antonio would make this trade: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is potentially going to be an all-defense caliber player. Adding him to Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green would be lethal, and he’s locked in at an insanely low salary for three more seasons. That sort of young, cost-controlled asset is exactly the sort of player San Antonio loves bringing in on the cheap.

 

Why Brooklyn would make this trade: The Nets don’t have one NBA caliber guard on their roster. Parker is an NBA caliber guard. At the very least, he makes them less of a laughing stock. At best? He and Brook Lopez might be able to sniff the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

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