You wait to see if the current team can win, ok, alright, but what if their ceiling is the 2nd round? Or worse what happens if they don't win. Suddenly the Raptors are trying to trade tainted goods from a position of weakness. If you are proactive in acquiring picks and flexibility you will likely raise your return (i.e. Utah/Deron Williams). Trading away your 'best' players does not necessarily lead to a drop off: Denver have made out well after trade (except for injuries) as have Atlanta.
The question, ultimately, is whether Leiweke wants to make the Raptors relevant now or roll the dice and reverse the rebuild with an eye towards the deep 2014 draft. It’s a riskier route, though one that might give the franchise a higher ceiling in the long term.
Colangelo believes his team is too far down a path to take a backward step now and has been determinedly scrapping to make his voice heard.
The betting now is that Leiweke will listen and the trap door will remain closed underneath Colangelo, giving him at least one more year to prove that he’s put together the core of a team that can win.