Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/3/16: Monroe to Portland

Monroe Blazers

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:                                                  Portland Trailblazers Receive:

Ed Davis                                                                                    Greg Monroe

 

Why Portland would make this trade: Portland has shown interest in Monroe in the past, and though the defensive shortcomings of playing him with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum would be enormous, the offense might be the best in all of basketball.

Why Milwaukee would make this trade: The Ed Davis-John Henson combo gives Milwaukee all they need out of the center position: great shot blocking, rebounding and screen setting. Plus, it saves Milwaukee nearly $10 million in cap space they can spend immediately.

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