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: Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Boston Celtics Receive:
Jae Crowder Blake Griffin No. 2 Overall Pick
Julius Randle No. 15 Overall Pick Larry Nance Jr.
No. 3 Overall Pick
Why Los Angeles (Clippers) would make this trade: Crowder is arguably the best three-and-D player in the league and Randle can give them a lot of playmaking and scoring Griffin does. The No. 3 overall pick is less valuable to them than a younger team, but if they wanted a two-way forward who can shoot three’s, Dragan Bender seems like a natural fit as a forward next to Crowder.
Why Los Angeles (Lakers) would make this trade: The Lakers would be willing to pay top dollar for Blake as they are likely the only team Griffin would sign an extension with sight unseen. Though the No. 2 pick may have more overall value than Griffin in a vacuum, the Lakers seem to want to contend right away and maintain their franchise’s reputation. That makes Blake more valuable to them specifically, and in basketball terms he does fill a major need in the front court.
Why Boston would make this trade: Giving up Crowder is a tough pill to swallow, but it’s worth it to move up to No. 2 and grab a potential franchise player in Brandon Ingram. In fact, Ingram could honestly fill most of Crowder’s role from day one, with the All Star upside being the eventual endgame. It’s a high-price, but worth it as it would give the Celtics a player they can finally build around.