We already have Paul George on the roster. We have the superstar that most lottery teams are looking for. If we surround this superstar with quality teammates then we're always going to be a contender or a dark horse at least.
The only way for us to become a fringe team is to blow up this core in an attempt to tank and get unlucky in the lottery. If we do this and surround PG with rookies and minimum contract guys then yes we could become a fringe team. If that happens then there's no guarantee that Paul George would want to be here anymore. Needless to say, if we lose Paul George because we tried to "retool" and got unlucky with the ping pong balls we're going to be a bottom feeder for years.
Look, I understand the "I'd rather have a few bad years to create better ones" mantra. But can anyone guarantee that this is going to happen? Minessota has been in the lottery since 2004 and now they're losing their 2 superstar because of that.