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: Dallas Mavericks Receive:
Wes Matthews Jr. Kevin Love
Chandler Parsons J.R. Smith
Justin Anderson Mo Williams
Why Cleveland would make this trade: You want three-and-D? Here’s three-and-D
Why Dallas would make this trade: Because Kevin Love is a cornerstone they can build around after Dirk Nowitzki retires. It would be a defensive disaster this season, but this is a trade for the next decade.
*Deal depends on Chandler Parson agreeing to a sign-and-trade