Fake NBA Trade of the Day 7/5/16: Vucevic to Golden State

Vucevic Warriors

*Trade was written before Kevin Durant chose Golden State, pretend that he didn’t for this to work. 

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. 


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Golden State Warriors Receive: 

Nikola Vucevic




Bucks Logo

Milwaukee Bucks Receive:

Andrew Bogut




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Orlando Magic Receive:

Milwaukee’s 2018 1st Round Pick (Top-10 Protected)



Why Orlando would make this trade: Because picks are valuable. You can never have enough and Vucevic needs to be moved anyway.

Why Golden State would make this trade: Because Bogut is aging, and if they want to retain Festus Ezeli it makes sense to pair him with a center that has a different skill set in the name of diversity. They’ve never really had an offensive-center, and they really could’ve used one against Cleveland.

Why Milwaukee would make this trade: It’s time for Andrew Bogut to come home! They could use another rim-protector and if the price is a first-round pick when they should be peaking as a team, that seems reasonable.

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