It's desperate because of the poor performance in Tokyo, they really need a great opposite, Ben Patch, Ensing is not the answer. Anderson is getting older and I think his passing makes him important for the OH spot.
They cannot produce a world class player so they are making some move to get Gabi.
How can we be so sure that it was USAV's intention and not Gabi's personal choice? Because lets be honest, USA men's team flopped in Tokyo but they can always find a new player from NCAA. I think Gabi seriously thinks that he has a shot at playing in the USA national team hence the decision.