In a sense, they can afford to be patient, because there is no quick fix that will help them get competitive again in the short-term (I think patience is one of the keys to rebuilding anyway). On the other hand, they will have to start their turnaround somewhere. So, it's good to explore all the options. My problem with the idea is that I doubt you get quite as much back in a defender as you give in a forward. So unless that proves not to be true, it stands to reason that there are better ways (like the draft and free-agency) to address the need for defensive improvement . The one exception would be if they had a surplus of offense to trade away, which they clearly don't. In the absence of a surplus of offense or an amazing trade situation, the questions become contracting players in the most responsible way, making the right choices at the draft, and coaching. But that's a digression.