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:
Charlotte Hornets Receive:
Why Denver would make this trade: The Nuggets have zero perimeter defense, and Kidd-Gilchrist is one of the best defenders in basketball. They’d have to improve their spacing, but in any case MKG is a nice piece to have on your team.
Why Charlotte would make this trade: The Hornets are going to lose Nic Batum. Worthwhile teams are going to pursue him. But if they want to maintain the style of play that got them to the playoffs last year, Gallo is a close enough offensive facsimile to do so. They’d still have to bring back their other free agents, but this is their best shot at maintaining some continuity.