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: Los Angeles Lakers Receive:
D’Angelo Russell Jahlil Okafor
Why Philadelphia would make this trade: They wanted D’Angelo Russell last year, now’s there chance to get him!
Why Los Angeles would make this trade: Because there’s a reasonable chance Russell just can’t fit in with this team after the Nick Young scandal. If that’s the case, they can simply slide Jordan Clarkson over to point guard and sign a shooting guard (Los Angeles native DeMar DeRozan? Warriors’ alum Kent Bazemore?) in free agency and use Okafor to fill their hole at center. The defense between him and Julius Randle would be weak at first, but the core is young enough to improve and the roster is fluid enough that the Lakers could just pick the one they thought was more promising offensively and deal the other one later.