Former Magic forward Rashard Lewis was dealt to the New Orleans Hornets to the Washington Wizards, along with the 46th overall pick in next week’s draft, in exchange for another former Magic forward, Trevor Ariza, and center Emeka Okafor.
Lewis, who was dealt to the Wizards in exchange for guard Gilbert Arenas in December of 2011, averaged just 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in 28 games last season.
It’s estimated that just under half of Lewis’s contract is non-guaranteed so the Hornets will likely by Lewis out and he’ll be free to sign with any team, including the Magic.
Jonathan Givony of Draft Express was the first to break the trade.
Although we all could have predicted this one, Stan Van Gundy won’t coach this season.
“I think the decision has been made because there are no coaching jobs open,” said Van Gundy.
According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic have not offered the General Manager position to anyone yet and will likely make a decision by the end of the week.
All along, Magic CEO Alex Martins has said he hoped to have Smith’s successor in place within seven to 10 days of the NBA draft on June 28. In the meantime, the Magic’s current assistant general manager, Dave Twardzik, has continued to lead the team’s draft preparation, just as he did during Smith’s tenure.
The Magic are expected to make a hire no later than the end of this workweek.
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Topics: Alex Martins, Brendan Malone, Brian Shaw, David Morway, Dennis Lindsey, Emeka Okafor, General Manager, Jeff Bower, Kevin Pritchard, Larry Bird, Michael Malone, Rashard Lewis, Rob Hennigan, Stan Van Gundy, Steve Clifford, Tom Penn, Trevor Ariza, Troy Weaver