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 Danilo Gallinari Week.
Denver Nuggets Receive:
Cleveland Cavaliers Receive:
Why Denver would make this trade: For all of their young big men, Denver really doesn’t have a great rim-protector. Thompson solves that, and he makes Kenneth Faried expendable. That’s a nice bonus, because Kenneth Faried is super overrated.
Why Cleveland would make this trade: Because Kyrie Irving is allergic to passing and LeBron’s shooting has dropped to the point that he really has to play power forward going forward. Gallinari solves both problems, though if it moves Kevin Love to center their defense would be a major problem. Holy crap that offense though.