I still do not understand the Nazr trade unless it was, hey Nazr thanks for everything you have done so we will let you go play for a true contender. Other than that we saved maybe an extra 1 or 1.5 mill. But we lost our only other reliable center who on occasion will have a 20 20 game (Something Kwame has yet to do). So other than respect for Nazr and a money saving move it make 0 sense.
If you think the Wallace trade was a good trade then you believe that based on pure speculation. As of now it is a terrible trade and we got worse not better. You cannot trade your arguably best player for bench warmers, cash and picks and think you got better. No one will know if this trade is worth it until 2013-2015 after we have used the picks we got and the money we saved to sign players and see how the picks/players pan out. If we got a proven player in return then I would say it balances the loss of Wallace out, but anyone who says we came out on the better end is just being optimistic about the future. Going based off of our teams track record those picks will result in busts or an average NBA player. So I am not quite sure where the optimism is coming from. If either were top 5 picks it may increase our odds to land a solid player but guess what they are not top 5 picks.
For those who say Wallace was not going to make us a championship contender, this move just brought us even further away from that. So you think we are going to build through the draft and get lucky enough to get some mid round picks that help us compete against Mia, Nyk, Chi? Seriously? At least Wallace helped us make our first ever playoff appearance and but butts in seats. Now we have to put all of our faith in a second year guy to fill in for the Face of the franchise.
Look at NY for example. They have Billups, Melo, and Stat, and experts still say they are a best 4th 5th seed and 1st round exit. So even if we land 2 superstars we still have a lot of work to do.
This would not have been so terrible if the idea was to blow it up and we actually blew it up. Which would mean actually getting rid of bad contracts. (Diop, Carroll, Najera, etc.) I know it sucks that our teams is in such a mess to begin with but that is all on the front office so it is what it is. Also you can't look at Wallace and say his contract was bad based on just stats, His contract pays for itself because of the money he alone brings to the franchise.
In the end whether you agree with me or not this was nothing more than A money saving move by Jordan due to the future and uncertainty of the NBA.