In 2005 the Wizards came out of nowhere to make it to the second round of the playoffs. We were the Golden State Warriors, the OKC of 2005. We were young, had a future superstar in Gilbert Arenas, and the right compliments in Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison. We lost Hughes the next year but were able to replace him with Butler. We then failed to get past the first round for the next three seasons thanks to James.
Despite not making it past the first round we decided to trade for Mike Miller and Randy Foye, sacrificing our future for an apparent "WIN NOW" opportunity. In 2009 the Wizards won the championship. Just Kidding.
So my question becomes, "When do you pull the WIN NOW trigger." My other question is, "Does that Trigger even work." Because it seems to me that recent championship teams are loaded with veteran talent. In fact, I cannot think of many young players in the starting lineup of the last twenty championship teams (Rajon Rondo 2008, Tim Duncan 1999).
I do not believe the Wizards are quite there yet. We, unfortunately, do not get any charity players (Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, etc). We have to pay full price to keep our guys (Webster). But if we can make a splash this year I think we have to start going all in for some short term vets. New York seemed to take this mindset to an extreme last year and OKC seems to avoid this mindset altogether. I believe somewhere there is a balance.
Finally, which teams should go all in with the "WIN NOW" mindset. The Nets and Knicks have yet Indiana proved to be better than both. But will Indy really have a chance maintaining current status (David West extension)? Should the Clippers go all in? Or is it just a waste of payroll and detrimental to building a winning culture in the future? Curious to hear thoughts.