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.
Milwaukee Bucks Receive: Golden State Warriors Receive:
Andrew Bogut Greg Monroe
Why Golden State would make this trade: It would enable them to bet on Festus Ezeli as their center of the future without leaving them listless at center offensively. They could play Ezeli and Monroe interchangeably depending on the matchups, and Monroe is really the one sort of offensive threat Golden State doesn’t have. Considering Bogut is on the decline anyway, there isn’t much of a downside.
Why Milwaukee would make this trade: This is a one-year exchange considering Monroe’s opt-out, and with the construction of their roster Bogut simply makes more sense on a short-term basis. They need defense out of their center position with Jabari Parker playing power forward and Bogut just brings a lot more on that end than Monroe does. They’d then just take a mulligan on the cap space spent on Monroe in 2017. Plus, Bogut returning to Milwaukee is a fun story.