And it's not putting JV on a pedestal.....Considering age, potential, position and what we've already seen from Jonas to know he has a good chance of maximizing (or coming close to doing so) his potential, the only player on that list from Special1 I'd probably take is Anthony Davis. And like I said in my post, would probably consider Paul or George. Don't think I'd take Paul. Might take George, especially if he keeps growing his game this season.
Noah and Hibbert? Are already at their ceilings which are not as high as Jonas'.
Griffin? Frustrating as hell. The same player as when he was drafted. Doesn't play the game with his head, and he should be ashamed of how little he's improved in the post. Also isn't great defensively at the PF spot, nevermind compared to a top-tier C.
Harden is a tough choice, but I wouldn't do it. I think he's about as valuable as a top-tier 2-way C. So unless I knew I'd have a replacement for Jonas, I'd feel like it's a lateral move. As good as Harden is offensively, he's not PG good at running a team, nor is he as effective on both ends, and I'm not sold on leadership ability.
Aldridge is probably the next toughest choice...but given his age, contract, that he fits better at PF than C....yeah, don't think it moves team-building forward as well as keeping Jonas.
When you trade your best young prospects for guys you can't confidently say make this team better in 2-3 years, then you're not building a team the right way, IMO.