Nope it just means everything served its purpose for later.
Ok, let's take a look at the magical "one sided" trade. We got Pau. We got 2 rings. Then we got an overpaid, no defense softy 7 footer on the books. Worth it?
We gave up meaningless roster fill (you like to focus on Kwame for obvious downplay reasons) and rights/ picks. But let's focus on what memphis was REALLY after in the trade- the rights/ picks. We traded, in essence a player projected to be decent and THREE draft picks, two of them being first rounders. Sound familiar?
IF we had kept the rights/ picks AND drafted the exact same players that Memphis did (or traded for immediately thereafter what they did) today on our roster we would have:
Darrell Arthur (still on the board was Pekovic, DeAndre Jordan, Asik and Dragic)
Greivas Vasquez (still on the board was Lance Stephenson)
So, we give up 2 rings ... probably. But the roster would look alot different today, no?
Since you like to make up fantasy rosters, let's try one if the Pau trade never happens and Mitch is a genius, here would be your starting lineup for the last THREE years:
(veteran FA who wants a ring)
Do you think we would have had a shot at anything with THAT lineup? Maybe two rings in 3 years and more in the next few years?
Even if we had made the same moves Memphis did, we would have been competitive at least and in a FAR better position today. Instead, we are facing the likely longest cold spell in Laker history.
And this is the "good" trade Mitch made. The bad ones really stink the place up.