memphis traded Pau Gasol for Marc + an expiring. Spent years in the lottery.
Indiana tore their team down. Added picks, Spent years in the lottery.
They still tanked and rebuilt, only to add their final peices once they had a rebuilt core. What they did, as I see it anyways, is precisely tank and rebuild. Not with a superstar, but still a successful tank and rebuild.
And just for sake of argument, the Raps still landed in a great spot to land a top talent (Drummond) yet chose not to, in my opinion, because Colangelo was never really tanking (or at best half assing it)
Just my 2 cents