Donnie Walsh has to take his share of responsibility as well, though. He missed on the Amar'e signing and to make matters worse, he wasted the amnesty. He picked up Billups option and then a few months later used amnesty on him. It's so idiotic.
Maybe that's Dolan too, we will never know. Either way, that was their worst decision.
The Amar'e signing I can understand. Amar'e was coming off a great healthy season. Sometimes you have to take risks on superstars. Fair enough.
Melo trade, I can also somewhat understand. They could've gotten him cheaper, most likely. But I don't think they could've gotten him in free agency. Ujiri was determined to make a trade. Melo would probably end up in Brooklyn and sign an extension.
But throwing away the amnesty safety I can't understand. That was simply inexcusable. Imagine if they keep flexibility, amnesty Amare and sign Iguodala this summer. Sign good bench players.