there's a vast difference between outright tanking and simply not being good enough. outright tanking is when your FO is so bad that they go out of their way to floor nothing but terrible players with no chance of success and stopgap solutions that never last more than two years. not being good enough is where we are currently - we know what we want to do finally, we know the holes to fill, we know how we want to proceed. a foundation. we've never had that outside of that second year with larry brown. so i'm okay with a much, much better fo and management team taking these steps. we're not aiming for the draft for once. we're aiming to get better. if that happens to include the draft though... cool. we're obviously prepared for that too.
making a trade, giving up something of value to be specific, isn't what we need to be doing out of a kneejerk when we've hit a number of walls that teams itching to turn it around always do.
clifford is learning that he has to be more aware of his rotations and player strengths/weaknesses. injuries. more injuries. flexibility versus certain types of play. minute management. streakiness. consistency. not just success - but types of success. etc these are lessons that any team that wants to win HAS to learn at some point. people need to get over it and learn that going from the gutter to a solid platform isn't just about winning more games and smiling more about it, its about taking some bad losses and watching guys NOT get it the first few times. people keep pulling up the thunder as a success story when we're looking a lot more like the pacers or blazers. i got off track but to sum it up....
its not a big deal that we're stumbling out the gates when there's a win at the end of the season either way. be it playoff experience and exposure or another great draft pick to fit a team that's finally got some semblance of stability at all levels. we won't need a savior. we'll need someone to fill in some gaps - which is much easier to obtain.
the draft is substantially better than the last several years so i don't know what you're on with that one... stro, darius miles, and telfair would all be considered rookie of the year caliber players in this class. i dont even know where you're getting that idea from at all.