I think this was decided well before the fire sale. Daves contract was up and not renewed for a reason. I think he had a typical mike I renewal type deal where he could renew if he wanted. I think he decided this was his last year and al was going to take over with a clean slate. Thats why we had so many last yr contract guys. It was a last shot at title. When it was seen that wasnt going to happen he stayed to help with the trades because a new gm would be seen as raw meat by other gms and al would have had difficulty vs dave as gm. It was then decided al was ready and didnt need dave so they announced it now.