Seriously, nothing we do now, whichever strategy the franchise chooses to employ is going to get us guarantees. Everything management decides to do harbours risks. So, to act like their is some safe, risk free choice out there is simply not true. Let me correct myself, to act like their is some safe, risk free choice out there that makes the team a lot better is simply not true.
Sure, we could take a safe strategy for the next season by retaining JO, Jamaal and see what happens, but do you expect the team to suddenly get HC advantage or stopping all defensive penetrations or getting a lot better at defending the perimeter? I don't see that at all.
Sure we could get a FA this summer with the MLE, I guess. So, which great success have we have with that instument recently? How succesfull have we been at all in attracting FA's (and I don't buy in the "we never really tried it before Sarunas"-theories)? And what exactly do you expect to get with the MLE? Some superstar, borderline all-star or a beneath average role player? Not too mention what does that MLE signing do to the teams salary situation? Hint: it would make our situation even more perilous.
We can make trades, but our teams talent level/pool has been reduced on a dramatic scale the last few years. I don't see us doing anything with this team as currently construed, so why not take that calculated risk on a high pick or some first or second year players that management think are going to pan out (like JO did)?
I would like to point out that I am pretty confident in this franchises ability to identify the absolute top players and pick them if it comes to that.