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: Toronto Raptors Receive:
Demarre Carroll Blake Griffin
No. 9 Overall Pick
Why Los Angeles would make this trade: Carroll and Patterson would be their starting forwards. They can both shoot, Carroll is an excellent defender, and it’s never a bad thing to have the No. 9 overall pick. That’s a fluid asset they could either trade or use on a rookie they like.
Why Toronto would make this trade: It’s amazing how well-situated the Raptors are for a consolidation trade like this considering they just made the Eastern Conference Finals. Griffin would slide right in at power forward, giving the Raptors another big time scorer and infusing their offense with some more ball movement, but they really lose little in the way of depth. Norman Powell is ready to step into a bigger role, Terrance Ross and Cory Joseph are still on the bench and signed for several more years, and the group of Delon Wright, Bebe Nogueira and Bruno Caboclo probably needs to start getting minutes anyway. Squeezing enough defense out of this group might be tough unless they chose to trade Jonas Valanciunas and keep Bismack Biyombo (and his market will be robust), but scoring shouldn’t be a problem.