The one pick away thing is honestly what irks me the most, and what REALLY makes it obvious that this is about money more so than rebuilding. After we dumped LB and were however many games out of the race, if we really wanted to rebuild, we would have blown it up then to assure we get a higher draft pick. But we waited until literally minutes before the deadline, and "started the rebuild" while being one game out of the playoffs? How does that make any sense at all? Waiting until the deadline added another year to our rebuild. One more year that we miss out on a highest level player.
The Hornets pick that we got may very well become valuable if it lands in the lottery. The Portland pick (as it stands) is just about useless other than for trading purposes. I'm not saying what we got wasn't a fair trade, just that the Crash trade was 70% saving money and 30% rebuilding. There were other avenues we could have explored that would have proven more fruitful had we taken them.
I support the (general) direction of rebuilding, I just won't be fooled into thinking this deal was the best we could get in regards to the effort.