I remember an article back when MDsr "decided" to step down which stated that Neil may have a hard time as a GM. Not because he did not have the mental acumen, but because he didn't have pull with other GMs and agents. It's been stated (and debated) that Neil has always been the mastermind behind personnel moves, but MDsr was the one on the phones dealing with GMs and agents.
I have no doubt the guy is working, but don't know whether or not we are remaining stagnant because the Clippers think it is the wise thing to do (just do some small moves here and there and let the young guys play) or because no one is listening to him.
Maybe he doesn't have the pull with other GMs to get trades done, or pull with agents to sign up players.
Some will say that this idea is farce, if GMs want players trades will happen and if $$$ is what talks when it comes to free agents, but some things recently have shown otherwise.
Based on our own history (Falk/Brand) and this new Childress and Hedo incident, I'm starting to think the agents influence on a player is more than the average fan thinks. Agents probably have some repoire with coaches/gms (you scratch my back/i'll scratch yours). Same with GMs.