Yep, and it buried them for a decade as well.
Assets - that's all youth is, not a tool to, or a method of winning. The Lakers were relying on youth to somehow win for them, to get them closer to a ring, that was stupid. I said it from day one, and I'll stand by it. In the NBA you don't win with kids - ever. OKC now has a bunch of picks in a trade market that is either dead or will be pretty inactive for a good long time, save for tiny secondary movement. Hoarding draft picks does nothing for you in the long or short run. They're little bingo chips, made for gambling, not for winning, ask Danny Ainge.
All those names you mentioned are transcendent talent, I said that. If you get lucky and circumstances fall right sure. For the most part, and the vast majority of the NBA, the draft is a rabbit hole few ever recover from. The names you mentioned allowed 9 teams to win a ring. 9 teams that had perfect circumstances and generational talent fall to them. There are 21 other NBA teams that either didn't win that way, or continue to struggle because of their misguided fascination with youth in the NBA.
Call me when he wins a ring. Success for a GM isn't measured in playoff appearances or regular season wins, it's measured in championships. If his owner is that bad or oppressive then he should leave for another job. If Presti is that good, someone will hire him straight away. If he stays under this owner, then the guy is playing it safe with a team that doesn't challenge him to build a winning team. That's a weak GM. Either way, the guy has dragged the Thunder (and their fans) into futility for decades.
This is a bad, desperate trade for both teams. Hell, I don't care it knocks Houston and Oklahoma out of the box for contention, less obstacles to deal with for the Lakers.