First off, I'd like to say that this will involve some of the arguments that JimmyWall voiced a little while ago because he beat me to it. I'd like to focus less on the cap space issue and more on the "playoff hell" argument. So let's get started. One of the main criticisms of the trade involves the floor spacing, or lack thereof, going forward since neither Okafor nor Ariza have been particularly good shooters throughout their careers. This argument is understandable, if the team were to play 82 games starting tomorrow without the benefit of a lottery pick and some additions in free agency. Given that Bradley Beal is the expected pick at 3 and shooters are fairly cheap in free agency, I see no reason why this scenario cannot be somewhat avoided. This school of thought also fails to take into account any improvement in shooting from guys like Wall, Crawford, Singleton, Vesely, and Booker.
Onto the fear of being yet another team stuck in the middle between contender and regular participants in the Draft Lottery. Sure, the trade helps this team have a realistic shot at maybe the eighth seed in a weak Eastern Conference. That doesn't necessarily mean that the squad will finish around the same place every single year. Like the argument in the previous paragraph, this doesn't take into account that the team is full of young talent and should improve. When I think of teams in "purgatory," I think of teams that are built around solid vets who probably are at the point in their career where they realistically won't be getting better in the future and lack the cap room fill their voids adequately. Like the Hawks. John Wall, hopefully, hasn't reached his peak, and neither has the majority of the roster. Save for Nene and possibly Okafor, every single member of the Wizards as of right now has not reached their peak. For all of his faults, Trevor Ariza doesn't turn 27 until after the draft, which means that he should be entering the prime of his career. Is he overpaid? Absolutely. But it is something like the Nationals signing Jayson Werth for as much as they did. You have to overpay to get yourself in the running. Once you start winning games, players will come here, maybe even for less than market value.
Feel free to voice your opinions below. For the people against the trade, I'd definitely like to read your rebuttals. Also, please critique my style of writing, I am open to suggestions for the future. Thanks.