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: Sacramento Kings Receive: Atlanta Hawks Receive:
Rudy Gay Blake Griffin Willie Cauley-Stein
Kyle Korver Ben McLemore
Why Los Angeles would make this trade: A Chris Paul-J.J. Redick-Kyle Korver-Rudy Gay-DeAndre Jordan offense would be the best in NBA history. Bar none. If they could squeeze even a league-average defense out of that group it wins the title. They’d likely attempt to do so by starting Luc Richard Mbah a Moute or a similar player in Korver’s place and then moving to their all-offense lineup for crunch time. That team would be unguardable.
Why Sacramento would make this trade: Because sooner or later, they need to do something to try to convince DeMarcus Cousins to stay. At the very least they’d finally have an identity with the best pair of big men in basketball.
Why Atlanta would make this trade: Because swindling teams out of young players is sort of just what Atlanta does. They don’t need Korver, they aren’t going to win the title next year, so why not cash in while he still has some value?