Should've played the Harden deal like Ujiri did with Nene. Just give him his money then trade him if you have to, but you wouldn't have really been forced too since Ibaka's extension doesn't kick in til next season. If Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and a pick is the best you can get especially. Plus there's the whole bringing Scott Brooks back AND letting him use Portland to get extra years and money out of you thing. But that's also KD's fault, should have just let Brooks take the Portland job. Now we have to ride out his 4yr contract because again cheap ownership aint about to pay 2 coaches, plus it's always going to be hard to fire him from a PR standpoint because we'll always be a contender but I think it's a Doug Collins > Phil Jackson thing. It really just shows how great KD and Russ and Ibaka are, to have Perkins and Brooks, and still win as many games and go as far. It's like having 2 moles trying to sabotage you from the inside. Imagine if you give this same roster to a good coach, or give us just a decent center like a Gortat or an ownership group like Prok, Dolan, or the Buss's who are going to have a win now mentality and surround them no matter the cost as opposed to always talking about the future and sustainability.
Ujiri had the benifit of Jim Dolan, Donnie Walsh wasn't going to blink until he was forced to.