I don't agree with this at all. If your team isn't ready to compete with a salary and player like Butler, what's the point of acquiring him (especially when its going to cost you assets that you should be using to build your team?) Mediocrity is the absolute worst thing to be in the NBA Little is our 2nd best player with untapped upside and he showed tremendous progression last year. I didn't say he was the 2nd coming of MJ, but you've got to start somewhere. It's pretty clear that one of the few paths we have to take is rebuilding around youth, who else would you suggest we build around if not him? First of all, Vince Carter is a hall of famer, so yeah, he's worth building around. Secondly, Simons took four years because we drafted him, essentially, out of HS. In the absence of better options, the fact that he's young enough to be in this draft class and has shown a steady track of progression makes him worth being a player to build around. I fail to see how these situations are at all similar. If we're trading Simons+ to get a PG/Butler level player to try and win with Dame, then fine. But even if our Cronin can somehow swing that (I'm not holding my breath), it would take a borderline miracle to make us a true title contender. As such, it doesn't seem unreasonable to consider options post-Dame trade at all.