I remember how the whole world (including me) thought they were stupid for the moves they made
Trading Gasol for NOTHING (at the time)
Trading Love for OJ Mayo
Drafting Hasheem Thabeet with the 2nd overall
In reality, that Gasol trade gave them Marc Gasol and room to sign Randolph & Tony Allen
They traded Love & drafted Thabeet but they now have one of the best frontcourts in the NBA so you can't really hate them that much for it.
Back then we thought all of these moves were stupid but they end up with a top team in the West... Much respect
Not really those were some pretty stupid moves, the development of Gay, Gasol, and Conley is what has made them so good. Randolph was a great fit in Memphis. If anyone deserves credit is Lionel Hollins and his coaching staff for developing these guys into great players.