Report: Wizards trade Rashard Lewis, draft pick to Hornets for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza
The Washington Wizards have reportedly traded small-forward Rashard Lewis and the $23.9 million remaining on his contract for next season to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for center Emeka Okafor and forward Trevor Ariza, as confirmed in a tweet by Marc Stein of ESPN.com. The Hornets will also receive the Wizards second round draft pick.
Okafor is due $28 million over the next two seasons, while Ariza is owed $7.2 million next season with a player option worth $7.7 million for the 2013-14 season.
Lewis, who is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, averaged only 7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 28 games for the Wizards last year, the lowest since his rookie year in 1998. The $23 million owed to him next season will make him the second highest paid player in the league; Kobe Bryant is due $27.8 million next season for the Lakers.
For the Hornets last season, Okafor played in 27 games and averaged 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and one block per game. Ariza averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game in New Orleans last season.
Michael Lee, the Wizards beat writer for The Washington Post, also tweeted that the two teams have reached an agreement.