I understand that every man is entitled to his own opinion, but the amount of negativity that has been brewing on these boards after the trade is a bit too much. It seems as though every move EG makes is construed and twisted into a poor one and that he can do no right. Every stating that this was a poor trade screams "capspace", but we aren't in the position to be sitting on capspace. These next couple years are crucial to the direction that our franchise is going to take.
Our prime concern at the moment is John Wall, especially with his contract coming to an end. While it's all speculation, he may very well up and leave if he does not see improvement in our team. EG and co. enjoy trading for players rather than opt for free agents for one reason; because free agency is not a given. No matter how much capspace we have, it is not a given that we will be able to pick up anyone with substantial talent. Mediocrity and is different from perpetual mediocrity. In order to be great, we must take baby steps. The OKC-model is the exception, not the rule. We cannot realistically expect to go from 20 wins to a top 4 seed in the East in one year. With our roster and upcoming draft, it seems as though we will be decent enough to nab a 6, 7 or 8 seed next year.
Lastly, many of us fail to realize that our team is already one of the youngest rosters in the league. Again, we are not OKC, we cannot field a roster with rookie/2nd year players and expect to get anywhere. If anything, bringing in vets will only enhance competition on our team. If the younger players (Book, Ves, Seraphin, CS) get outplayed, than so be it. Wittman isn't the type of coach to hold "grudges" or play favorites and therefore everyone will get a fair shot. The reasons why we saw Jan and Singleton struggle so much last year is BECAUSE we did not have competent veterans on this team to show them the ropes. They were thrown into the fire as 20-21 year olds and given PT that was not actually deserved.
The fact that both Okafor and Ariza have 2-year contracts is a bonus. "Hamstring" contracts are those of the 4-5 year deals. In one year, both of these contracts will become valuable once again. (who's to say neither of them will perform up to their contract standards) I understand the frustration of many of us on here due to the lack of success we've had, but negativity breeds negativity. I honestly saw a different team with Nene being brought in and the 3 burritos being kicked out. This season will mark a change in the culture of our team; no more knuckle-heads, but a great mixture of youth and vet players who want to give it their all. We're all Wiz fans here, lets try to stay positive!