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.
Clippers Receive: Knicks Receive: Celtics Receive: Pelicans Receive:
Carmelo Anthony Jrue Holiday Robin Lopez Blake Griffin
Jonas Jerebko No. 6 Pick Paul Pierce Cole Aldrich
James Young C.J Wilcox
Why Los Angeles would make this trade: The base trade is Anthony for Griffin, which makes sense if the Clippers want to get smaller and believe FIBA ‘Melo can show up in the NBA, but getting Jerebko, a two-way forward/center who can shoot three’s and Young, a prospect who hasn’t really gotten a chance yet, is just icing on the cake. Jerebko could play serious minutes for the Clippers right away.
Why New York would make this trade: Holiday has been around for awhile, but remember he’s only 25-years-old. He’s much closer to Kristaps Porzingis’ timeline than Anthony is, and the No. 6 pick gives the Knicks a chance to add another major building block going forward.
Why Boston would make this trade: They’re giving up a rotation player on a non-guaranteed contract and a prospect they never use to fill their biggest need with a rim-protector on a cost-controlled contract and allow one of their franchise legends to finish his career where it started. They’d be crazy not to make this trade.
Why New Orleans would make this trade: Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis on one team is basically just combining the infinity stones.