Found June 20, 2012 on
New Orleans Pelicans
First, JaVale McGee and Nick Young. Now, finally, Rashard Lewis.
Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld are systematically cleaning house. Loafing and underachieving are no longer going to be tolerated.
Somewhere in South Beach, Andray Blatche is shaking in his boots.
In just a few moves, Grunfeld is progressively transforming an immature team that was once the laughing stock of the NBA. Going into the season the Wizards’ idea of veteran leadership was Rashard Lewis and Andray Blatche, and we see how well that worked out. It was the additions of Nene, James Singleton and Cartier Martin that were a huge part of the Wizards ending the season winning 8 out of 10 including a six game winning streak.
Rashard Lewis played in 28 games and averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while making $21,136,631. Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza played 27 and 41 games respectively and averaged a combined 20.7 points and 13.1 rebounds per game, while making a combined $19,332,453. Keep in mind that the Rashard Lewis contract can be bought out this season for about $13 million, the primary reason the Hornets made this trade.
Dell Demps most likely has no intentions of pairing Lewis with the number 1 overall pick Anthony Davis. With Andray Blatche seemingly destined to join the amnestied club (fingers crossed), Ted Leonsis will already be paying one guy to not play and the idea of paying Lewis $13 million to go away seems excessive.
So, instead of Lewis playing half the season half-heartedly, only to get a huge payday to not show up, the Wizards were able to flip him for two serviceable veterans who could possibly end up in the starting lineup next season.
Now before you bemoan the Wizards giving up their salary cap flexibility for two aging and injury prone veterans, let me point out a couple of things:
- While Okafor and Ariza are considered to be overpaid and have at least two years left in their contracts, the Wizards just need them to be role players and leaders. Nothing more, nothing less.
- In this age of “taking your talents to South Beach”, the Wizards are not a top tier destination for free agents. So the idea of hoarding cap space in order to make an offer to Dwight Howard or some other mercurial superstar only to be spurned does not entice me.
- The mission here should be to provide John Wall with some stability by keeping our young guys together and provide them with veteran support and leadership. It seems as if Ernie Grunfeld has finally figured this out.
- Lastly, this makes the decision on whom to draft that much easier, Bradley Beal welcome to the Washington Wizards.
BEST OF MAXIM
A person familiar with the deal says the New Orleans Hornets have traded forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor to the Washington Wizards for forward Rashard Lewis and a second-round draft pick.
The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
Lewis is entering the last season of a six-year, $118 million contract and could...
The Washington Wizards are an intriguing team. They have talent, but they haven’t been able to turn that talent into wins. They started to re-make their roster last season, grabbing Nene from the Nuggets for JaVale McGee in a deal that also sent Nick Young to the Clippers.
Now, the Wizards are making more moves, sending Rashard Lewis and a second round pick for Trevor Ariza and...
The Hornets and Wizards agreed to a major trade Thursday that sends Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor to Washington for Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 pick in next week's draft. Lewis has one year and $22 million remaining on the blockbuster contract he signed with the Orlando Magic in 2007. He turns 33 in August and has played 13 NBA seasons since entering the NBA as a high school...
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets traded forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday for forward Rashard Lewis and a second-round draft pick. Lewis is entering the last season of a six-year, $118 million contract and could be a candidate for the NBA's amnesty clause, meaning he may not end up playing for the Hornets if New Orleans...
The New Orleans Hornets acquired forward Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick in the upcoming draft from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor. Lewis, a two-time NBA All-Star, will enter his 14th season in the NBA after averaging 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 28 games, including 15 starts, last season for Washington. He sustained a left...
The New Orleans Hornets announced on Wednesday that they have acquired forward Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor.
“First, we want to thank Emeka and Trevor for their service on and off the court for our organization. Both of those gentlemen are good players and better people...
The Washington Wizards haven't given me too much to talk about as of late. That is until now. The Wizards made a move that truly makes sense as they were able to unload forward Rashard Lewis to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza.
Both players come to the Wizards as defensive specialists, an area Washington needed to improve. In addition to adding two
The Cavaliers have been rumored to be feeling out the Hornets for a trade at the number ten spot. New Orleans was insisting that any deal made would have to include the contracts of Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.
That deal is out of the question now.
The Hornets traded Okafor and Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick in the draft.
It could also signal...
The NBA off-season is officially underway as the first trade has been made between the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets. Here is my analysis on the deal which includes Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, Rashard Lewis, and a pick in the up-coming 2012 NBA Draft.
Washington Wizards Get: C-Emeka Okafor, SF-Trevor Ariza
New Orleans Hornets Get: F-Rashard Lewis, 2nd round pick (46th...
Is the sequel to this photo getting closer to reality? Perhaps.
On Wednesday, as word broke of the New Orleans Hornets and Washington Wizards trade, there was a lot of instant analysis being done in the media and in social media outlets as well.
One of the main assumptions everyone seemed to jump to was that this trade signaled Washington’s intent to draft Bradley Beal at #3. On...