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: Dallas Mavericks Receive:
Justin Anderson Greg Monroe
Why Dallas would make this trade: Never underestimate the importance of cost certainty. The Mavericks are going to enter this offseason with around $38 million in cap space (assuming Chandler Parsons opts in, if he doesn’t, that opens up a whole other can of worms), but they need a center and a point guard. The only worthwhile point guard is Mike Conley, and he’ll command a $27 million max. That would leave Dallas only $11 million left to spend, and no worthwhile center is taking that little this summer. But Monroe was signed before the cap explosion, so at around $16 million he’d be a relative bargain. They’d still be within spitting distance of Conley after adding him, so all they’d need to do to get over the top would be to dump another few million dollars (Devin Harris being the easiest option). A Conley-Matthews-Parsons-Dirk-Monroe lineup has flaws, but it’s easily the best Dallas could put on the floor this season.
Why Milwaukee would make this trade: You can never have too many three-and-D wings, especially young ones on rookie deals.