Expiring cap is only useful if you can sign a player that fills that void that actually wants to take our money and not play for one of the ten franchises in the league that actually have a realistic chance of beating the Heat in a 7 game series. I hate to sound like a downer, but until we can court a proven winner we might as well forget that free agency exists unless we're trying to aim for mediocre. You don't build a franchise through free agency. You have to have the pieces to move into position when the time is right. That's why I feel like the Jefferson signing was an abandonment of our plan and as exciting as it will be to watch him, I hope it doesn't put us in no-man's land between too bad to make it past the first round of the playoffs and too good to be in contention for any game changers at the top of the draft.... basically where we were when we had Larry Brown at the helm.
The plan has been to remain flexible... not just keep drafting players for eternity.
We shed salary, signed a big name free agent, and will still have flexibility and plenty of money to spend on players next off-season when Ben Gordon's contract expires....
I think we stuck to the plan and are doing so quite successfully. Al Jefferson is the best player to ever wear a Bobcats jersey. Hats off to Rich Cho.
I feel like whatever plan you are referring to is only deemed successful if we draft the next LeBron James... which only happens to one franchise every 20 years.