The Washington Times - March 3, 2011, 06:05PM

Wizards forward Rashard Lewis, who was acquired from the Orlando Magic in the Gilbert Arenas trade, continues to battle a right knee injury that has impacted his playing time since arriving in Washington, and may have season-ending surgery.

Lewis played only five minutes in Wednesday night’s loss to Golden State, recording two points, one assist and one rebound, and played only 10 minutes in the Wizards’ loss to the Bulls on February 28.


“It’s not getting better at all,” Lewis said. “The knee has just stopped me from doing a lot of things I want to do on the court. I think it’s just getting to a point where I’m going to have to get the scope done, start the rehab and come back with a fresh start and healthy.”

Lewis said he had hoped to come in and help “turn things around” for the struggling Wizards franchise (15-45), but at this point, he can’t wait to get a fresh start, beginning with training camp.

“I’ll get to work with guys in camp and showing them how putting out hard work will help you in the game.”

Lewis said he’s consulting with his agents and the Wizards staff on whether to have the scope done now, or whether to tough it out for the remaining 22 games of the season.

“I can’t defend on the court. My reaction is a step slow, I just have no lift. It’s hurting me running up and down the court, as well as my jump shot.”

Lewis expressed concern that as a player coming to a team in midseason, when things were already on a “downslide” for the Wizards, it might not be the best time to rehab his injured knee.

But his recent lack of playing time and self-described ineffectiveness could make that the best course of action. A decision from Lewis, his agent, and the Wizards’ management and medical staff is expected soon.

Head coach Flip Saunders was not at the team practice on Thursday; Saunders remains in Cleveland with his 90-year-old mother, who is reported to be in gravely ill condition.

The Wizards’ next opponent is the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will visit Verizon Center Saturday night. Game time is 7 p.m.