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: Chicago Bulls Receive:
Derrick Rose Greg Monroe
Why Chicago would make this trade: With Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah leaving, the Bulls have to rebuild most of their front court front scratch. Monroe could serve the role they intended for Gasol, but over the longer term. Taj Gibson could protect him defensively, and what’s more, this deal would go a long way in helping the Bulls clear max cap space this summer. Mike Conley seems like an ideal fit next to Jimmy Butler, and those two paired with Monroe, Gibson, Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic and this season’s lottery pick could be a contending lineup.
Why Milwaukee would make this trade: It’s a one-year flier on Rose. There’s absolutely no harm in taking a look at him and seeing if a new environment helps bring him back to MVP form. There’s no long-term cost to doing so since Monroe will likely leave next summer anyway. So why not take a shot?