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: Miami Heat Receive:
Chris Bosh Kevin Love
Josh Richardson J.R. Smith
Luol Deng* Mo Williams
Why Cleveland would make this trade: Richardson and Deng are both very valuable three-and-D players, but the real play here is for Bosh. It’s obviously a huge risk, he might never play again. But if he can get healthy, he’s the perfect big man for a LeBron team.
Why Miami would make this trade: It gets them a sure thing in Kevin Love compared to the huge risk that comes with Bosh’s health. They’d then just bring back Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside and have an extremely talented, if not oddly fit, roster.
*Deal depends on Luol Deng agreeing to a sign-and-trade