If the league institutes an amnesty clause in the new collective bargaining agreement, there’s a chance the Wizards would use it to waive Lewis and the remaining $30 million on his contract (he’s paid $21.1 million in 2011-12 and could be bought out for approximately $10 million before the 2012-13 season). Of course, the Wizards could use the clause to undo the mistake of Andray Blatche’s contract (5 years, $35.7 million agreed to before this season), but it’s unclear if the Wizards view that deal as a mistake yet.
So, if Lewis gets bought out, he’ll hit the open market and be free to sign with any NBA team. His family still lives in Orlando and he shares close friendships with many Magic players, so there’d almost certainly be interest on his end. Stan Van Gundy showed legitimate emotion when Lewis was traded and praised Lewis’ selfless attitude and work ethic, so the Magic’s coach would likely support Lewis’ return.
Pros to not signing an extension now:
(1) Since Howard can only sign a two-year extension before July 1, at most he’d be guaranteeing himself about $45.2 million for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. But if he becomes a free agent during the summer of 2012, he could hypothetically sign a longer deal worth much more money in total. That’s greater financial security.
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel thinks the Magic need to dump Jameer Nelson to improve.
Former NBA guard Rafer Alston is the new coach at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center replacing Carlos Wilson, who left for Tyler JC.
J.J. broke the bank.
Bogans finally got a break.
And while J.J. and the Magic have been home for weeks, Bogans and the Bulls are three wins from the NBA Finals.
No one knows how Redick would have fared in Chicago, if he had kept the job. The Bulls might have been just as good or even better. J.J. probably would have given them more scoring as a starter, with Bogans coming off the bench as the designated defender — not Redick’s strong suit.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and ESPN 1080’s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com). Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).