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 Kevin Love Week.
Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: Boston Celtics Receive: Houston Rockets Receive:
Avery Bradley Kevin Love No. 3 Overall Pick
Why Cleveland would make this trade: If they’re truly committed to Kyrie Irving as their second scorer (which they shouldn’t be, but seem to be), and they want to go three-and-D with the rest of their roster, it’d be hard to do better than Avery Bradley and Trevor Ariza. Boston wouldn’t give up Jae Crowder. Jerebko is just another useful body. McDaniels is a prospect.
Why Boston would make this trade: You couldn’t construct a better Kevin Love team than the one Boston has now. Several elite defensive players, three-point shooter, a great primary ball-handler to run pick-and-pops with, a coach who will use him correctly. Love would play power forward with a defensive center to start games (presumably someone found on the free agent or trade market) and then slide to center for the small-ball finish. This team would contend for the 2017 NBA title.
Why Houston would make this trade: Trevor Ariza for the No. 3 pick? That’s a heist. Daryl Morey could use that pick to find a new sidekick for James Harden, and then use his pile of cap space to build around that pair.