Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/12/16: Blake to Indiana

Blake Pacers

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 Blake Griffin Week. 

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Los Angeles Clippers Receive:                                         Indiana Pacers Receive:

George Hill                                                                              Blake Griffin

Myles Turner                                                                            

C.J. Miles.  

 

 

Why Los Angeles would make this trade: Hill is the rare point guard with the size and shooting to play forward. He’d replace a lot of Blake’s playmaking, but still be able to capably fit the three-and-D mold the Clippers are looking for in a Griffin deal. Turner showed enormous potential as a rookie and should eventually grow into an excellent defender who can also hit three’s, giving the Clippers excellent spacing but an incredibly dangerous rim-protecting duo that can even switch out onto guards every now and then. Miles is just a nice shooter to have around, he can play good enough defense to stick around late in games, and he’d likely hold onto Turner’s spot in the closing lineup until he’s ready.

Why Indiana would make this trade: The Pacers don’t really have any direction as a franchise beyond having Paul George. A Griffin trade busts them out of their stagnation and gives them an identity. They’d have to do some serious work to fix the roster around that pair, but it’s the foundation of a championship team.

Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/11/16: Blake to Toronto

Blake Raps

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 Blake Griffin Week. 

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Los Angeles Clippers Receive:                                         Toronto Raptors Receive:

Demarre Carroll                                                                    Blake Griffin

Patrick Patterson                                                                

No. 9 Overall Pick  

 

 

Why Los Angeles would make this trade: Carroll and Patterson would be their starting forwards. They can both shoot, Carroll is an excellent defender, and it’s never a bad thing to have the No. 9 overall pick. That’s a fluid asset they could either trade or use on a rookie they like.

Why Toronto would make this trade: It’s amazing how well-situated the Raptors are for a consolidation trade like this considering they just made the Eastern Conference Finals. Griffin would slide right in at power forward, giving the Raptors another big time scorer and infusing their offense with some more ball movement, but they really lose little in the way of depth. Norman Powell is ready to step into a bigger role, Terrance Ross and Cory Joseph are still on the bench and signed for several more years, and the group of Delon Wright, Bebe Nogueira and Bruno Caboclo probably needs to start getting minutes anyway. Squeezing enough defense out of this group might be tough unless they chose to trade Jonas Valanciunas and keep Bismack Biyombo (and his market will be robust), but scoring shouldn’t be a problem.

Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/10/16: Blake to New Orleans

Blake Pellies

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 Blake Griffin Week. 

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Clippers Receive:                  Knicks Receive:                       Celtics Receive:                 Pelicans Receive:

Carmelo Anthony                 Jrue Holiday                              Robin Lopez                        Blake Griffin

Jonas Jerebko                       No. 6 Pick                                   Paul Pierce                         Cole Aldrich

James Young                        C.J Wilcox

 

Why Los Angeles would make this trade: The base trade is Anthony for Griffin, which makes sense if the Clippers want to get smaller and believe FIBA ‘Melo can show up in the NBA, but getting Jerebko, a two-way forward/center who can shoot three’s and Young, a prospect who hasn’t really gotten a chance yet, is just icing on the cake. Jerebko could play serious minutes for the Clippers right away.

Why New York would make this trade: Holiday has been around for awhile, but remember he’s only 25-years-old. He’s much closer to Kristaps Porzingis’ timeline than Anthony is, and the No. 6 pick gives the Knicks a chance to add another major building block going forward.

Why Boston would make this trade: They’re giving up a rotation player on a non-guaranteed contract and a prospect they never use to fill their biggest need with a rim-protector on a cost-controlled contract and allow one of their franchise legends to finish his career where it started. They’d be crazy not to make this trade.

Why New Orleans would make this trade: Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis on one team is basically just combining the infinity stones.

Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/9/16: Blake to the Kings

Blake Kings

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 Blake Griffin Week. 

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Los Angeles Clippers Receive:          Sacramento Kings Receive:                Atlanta Hawks Receive:

Rudy Gay                                                  Blake Griffin                                            Willie Cauley-Stein 

Kyle Korver                                                                                                                  Ben McLemore

 

Why Los Angeles would make this trade: A Chris Paul-J.J. Redick-Kyle Korver-Rudy Gay-DeAndre Jordan offense would be the best in NBA history. Bar none. If they could squeeze even a league-average defense out of that group it wins the title. They’d likely attempt to do so by starting Luc Richard Mbah a Moute or a similar player in Korver’s place and then moving to their all-offense lineup for crunch time. That team would be unguardable.

Why Sacramento would make this trade: Because sooner or later, they need to do something to try to convince DeMarcus Cousins to stay. At the very least they’d finally have an identity with the best pair of big men in basketball.

Why Atlanta would make this trade: Because swindling teams out of young players is sort of just what Atlanta does. They don’t need Korver, they aren’t going to win the title next year, so why not cash in while he still has some value?

Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/8/16: Blake to Houston

Blake Rockets

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 Blake Griffin Week. 

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Los Angeles Clippers Receive:          Houston Rockets Receive:           Portland Trail Blazers Receive:

Trevor Ariza                                            Blake Griffin                                      Clint Capela

Al-Farouq Aminu                                                                 

Patrick Beverley  

 

Why Los Angeles would make this trade: This is going to get redundant, but the Clippers would only trade Blake Griffin to build a smaller lineup around Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. This deal nets them three excellent fits for that style. Aminu and Ariza would join Paul, Jordan and Redick in the starting lineup and Beverley would be the sixth man and designated Stephen Curry stopper to save Paul’s energy for offense.

Why Houston would make this trade: Because James Harden and Blake Griffin could win a championship with the right role players. Houston could easily gear up for a 2017 free agency splurge to get those guys in place. This trade is a no-brainer for them.

Why Portland would make this trade: Portland needs a rim-protector in the worst way, and getting one on a rookie deal just gives them even more flexibility to spend money this summer. Losing Aminu after his breakout season would be tough, but he’s a replaceable player. They found him the first time, and they can find another one.

Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/7/16: Blake to the Lakers

Blaker Lakers

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 Blake Griffin Week. 

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Los Angeles Clippers Receive:          Los Angeles Lakers Receive:             Boston Celtics Receive:

Jae Crowder                                            Blake Griffin                                           No. 2 Overall Pick

Julius Randle                                           No. 15 Overall Pick                               Larry Nance Jr.

No. 3 Overall Pick                                                                                                           

 

Why Los Angeles (Clippers) would make this trade: Crowder is arguably the best three-and-D player in the league and Randle can give them a lot of playmaking and scoring Griffin does. The No. 3 overall pick is less valuable to them than a younger team, but if they wanted a two-way forward who can shoot three’s, Dragan Bender seems like a natural fit as a forward next to Crowder.

Why Los Angeles (Lakers) would make this trade: The Lakers would be willing to pay top dollar for Blake as they are likely the only team Griffin would sign an extension with sight unseen. Though the No. 2 pick may have more overall value than Griffin in a vacuum, the Lakers seem to want to contend right away and maintain their franchise’s reputation. That makes Blake more valuable to them specifically, and in basketball terms he does fill a major need in the front court.

Why Boston would make this trade: Giving up Crowder is a tough pill to swallow, but it’s worth it to move up to No. 2 and grab a potential franchise player in Brandon Ingram. In fact, Ingram could honestly fill most of Crowder’s role from day one, with the All Star upside being the eventual endgame. It’s a high-price, but worth it as it would give the Celtics a player they can finally build around.

Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/6/16: Blake to Washington

Blake Wizards

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 Blake Griffin Week. 

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Los Angeles Clippers Receive:                                         Washington Wizards Receive:

*Bradley Beal                                                                         Blake Griffin

Otto Porter                                                                              *Jeff Green

Markieff Morris  

 

 

Why Los Angeles would make this trade: It’s a small-ball bonanza. Between J.J. Redick, Beal, Porter and Morris, the Clippers could adjust their starting and closing lineups around Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan however they saw fit. Sure, it’s a little light on defense, but Paul and Jordan are so good on that end that it’s forgivable.

Why Washington would make this trade: He may not be Kevin Durant, but Blake is definitely a star and an excellent pick-and-roll partner for John Wall. If Washington could manage to surround the duo with three-and-D wings that could be a championship-level core.

 

*Both Beal and Green would need to agree to sign-and-trades that fit within the 125% rule for this trade to work under the cap.