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.
Brooklyn Nets Receive:
Houston’s 2018 First Round Pick (Top-5 protected)
Houston Rockets Receive:
Why Brooklyn would make this trade: They get a worthwhile young project in McDaniels and a valuable first round pick for Brook Lopez, a player they don’t need as they obviously are no longer looking to compete.
Why Houston would make this trade: Not only do they get Brook Lopez without surrendering any major rotation players, but they also shed Brewer’s contract in the process. They could still be active in free agency but they’d at least guarantee themselves Lopez, a decent haul for the offseason on his own.