Sometimes you have to make bold moves to move forward. At this point going after Gasol is bold or trading Jeff/Sap for picks and going young is bold. I would take on Perkins in OKC if it got us all those good picks too... thats bold with huge upside. Resigning either Jeff/Sap is giving in to wanting butts in seats, and mediocrity. In my mind the funnest season of the last 10-12 was the AK, Bell, Harpring year of 41 and 41 when everyone thought we would lose the most games in one season all time and we were a scrappy fun team to watch. But the truth is we have no star, and until we get one to pair with our near star or upcoming star (Favors) and our good players (Hayward, Burks, Kanter) we will stay mediocre. Gasol is that. If we can't land him I say trade Sap for the best picks possible or if possible Bledsoe/Odom for Sap. Then sign and trade Jefferson in the off season for the TPE. The TPE may be the most valuable thing we can get for Sap if he doesn't cut it for the Lakers to get Gasol, or if Houston isn't willing to give up Parson or Patterson/Morris etc. I would love to trade Sap/Tinsley for Perkins/Tor pick/Dallas Pick/Maynor. My preferred trade is Sap/Mo Williams/Raja for Gasol.
We can like Millsap and Jefferson all we want, but both are the kind of guys we can always get if we want to. We got Jefferson because Minnesota had another up and coming star in his position and didn't want to pay the last $42M of his deal. We can sign and trade Jefferson like we did Boozer and then find a player who fits the TPException, same with Millsap.