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 Jahlil Okafor Week.
Philadelphia 76ers Receive: Orlando Magic:
Mario Hezonja Jahlil Okafor
No. 11 Overall Pick
Why Philadelphia would make this trade: Philly would probably prefer a more consolidated package, but if they really think Ben Simmons is going to be their franchise player adding young depth never hurts. Hezonja’s shooting is a necessity, the No. 11 pick should yield a potential starter, and Payton has at least shown flashes of usefulness if he can evolve into at least a passable shooter.
Why Orlando would make this trade: The Magic traded Dwight Howard four years ago and still don’t have a franchise player to show for it. Okafor is the most attainable potential franchise player on the market. Is he a guarantee to reach that level? Not even close, but he’s the best chance Orlando has. And hey, if Aaron Gordon becomes the defensive menace we expect, it should cover for Okafor’s biggest weakness.