Fake NBA Trade of the Day 5/30/16: Monroe to San Antonio

Monroe Spurs

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 Greg Monroe Week. 

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Milwaukee Bucks Receive:                                                  San Antonio Spurs Receive:

Boris Diaw                                                                                Greg Monroe

Patty Mills


Why San Antonio would make this trade: The Spurs struggled so much with Enes Kanter in the playoffs. Well, Monroe could be their Enes Kanter. They’d probably want to find a defensive center to be their nominal starter (easily doable), and they’d need to replace Mills with a new point guard for the future (easy enough next summer with an exploding 2017 cap and a loaded point guard class), but Monroe could be a big spark for the offense that died against Oklahoma City in the second round.

Why Milwaukee would make this trade: Point Giannis seems to be Milwaukee’s future, but that doesn’t mean they’ll avoid adding a natural point guard to their roster. Mills is actually exactly what they’d look for, a three-and-D style point guard who’s comfortable off of the ball. Moving Monroe also opens more minutes for John Henson and his defense, which is a must, and hey, nobody ever seems to regret having Boris Diaw on their roster. Well, except Charlotte, but that’s on them.

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