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 Blake Griffin Week.
Los Angeles Clippers Receive: Washington Wizards Receive:
*Bradley Beal Blake Griffin
Otto Porter *Jeff Green
Why Los Angeles would make this trade: It’s a small-ball bonanza. Between J.J. Redick, Beal, Porter and Morris, the Clippers could adjust their starting and closing lineups around Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan however they saw fit. Sure, it’s a little light on defense, but Paul and Jordan are so good on that end that it’s forgivable.
Why Washington would make this trade: He may not be Kevin Durant, but Blake is definitely a star and an excellent pick-and-roll partner for John Wall. If Washington could manage to surround the duo with three-and-D wings that could be a championship-level core.
*Both Beal and Green would need to agree to sign-and-trades that fit within the 125% rule for this trade to work under the cap.