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: Charlotte Hornets Receive:
Spencer Hawes Greg Monroe
Why Charlotte would make this trade: Though retaining Marvin Williams and Nicolas Batum are likely higher priorities, Al Jefferson is a free agent and even if he’s retained he’s just not the same player he once was. Monroe could give the Hornets a reasonable facsimile of Jefferson, but with Frank Kaminsky they could still play heavy minutes as they did this season with a shooting center.
Why Milwaukee would make this trade: The Bucks need to find shooting somewhere, and if Jabari Parker is occupying a forward spot it might have to come from whoever plays center.