Well doc if we had pulled off a trade for Love or Anthony or Hayward or Aisk or if the center had slipped to us, or even if we had drafted a NBA ready scorer to put along side Rondo, or if we had traded Rondo for some great picks or if we had traded Jeff Green for a good pick, all of this and more would have many of us feeling better. Never said anything about a championship team, how about a team that will not be tanking again.
Your term "dead in the water' applies only to a roster of players that nobody wants, wanted to trade for or accept in exchange. If you have 6 and 17 and an entire roster you could unload, and there are no takers.... Well, you figure it out.
Green cannot and will not get back value. He's neither as good as you seem to think he is nor as good as his salary demands he should be. Bass is a specialist (jump shooter) with no other exceptional skill. Bradley is a smaller SG than Harris, the one everyone thinks is too small, he can't pass, he can't finish at the rim, and if he's not on the ball 30 feet from the hoop he's just an okay defender. Neither Olynyk nor Sullinger can run, jump or defend their positions, though they can pass, but to whom? Rondo is the only asset with trade value and that is limited. The rest of the roster is trade-filler, not principals in a trade.
Forget Asik completely. He's a backup, slow and will never be able to play more than 20-25 minutes. So is it any wonder that you can't get Anthony or Love, or any other player who, by himself, is a team-altering player if all you have is "filler?"
Shouldn't be a surprise.
Smart, according to some analytics, is the best player in the draft. And maybe Hairston is a more "NBA ready scorer" - your phrase. Concensus is that Parker is NBA ready. And consensus says that Wiggins, Hairston and Young are next.
I'm good with both picks and I'm anxious to see how Danny can move some of the deadwood out of here.