Sign-and-trade deal sends Lewis to Orlando
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic have landed one of the top
members of this year’s free-agent class in forward Rashard Lewis, who was
acquired from the Seattle SuperSonics in a sign-and-trade deal on Wednesday.
Lewis was dealt in exchange for a future conditional second-round draft pick,
according to Orlando general manager Otis Smith. Per team policy, financial
terms of the deal were not disclosed, though a report in the Seattle Times
last Tuesday said Lewis had agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract.
“Rashard is a young, athletic forward and a proven scorer in this league,”
said Smith. “We feel his skills will be a tremendous addition to our team and
we are very excited to have him join the Magic family.”
The six-foot, 10-inch Lewis, who turns 28 next month, averaged a career-high
22.4 points per game last season, and pulled down an average of 6.6 rebounds
per game. He has averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for his
Lewis, who turned pro after his senior year of high school and was a
second-round selection by Seattle in the 1998 NBA Draft, was likely considered
expendable by the Sonics after their selection of University of Texas phenom
Kevin Durant, the number two overall pick in last week’s draft, and the
acquisition of Georgetown’s Jeff Green, selected fifth overall by Boston.