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Lewis is shipped to New Orleans
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With more than $40 million invested in the two veterans, the Wizards expect big production down low. Okafor (6-foot-10), who was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2005, averages 12.7 points and 7.9 rebounds over his career, spending five seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats and the past three with the Hornets. Ariza (6-foot-8) spent a year with the Houston Rockets, followed by two years with the Hornets after winning the NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009. The small forward averaged 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 2011-12.
Lewis‘ parting with the Wizards comes at the lowest point in his 15-year career. He finished this season averaging 7.8 points, less than half of his career average of 16.7. It’s his worst season of scoring since his rookie year in 1998-99, when he averaged 2.4 points in 20 games. According to Forbes, Lewis was the second-highest paid player for the 2011-12 season at more than $21 million, falling only behind Kobe Bryant of the Lakers. The two-time All Star originally was acquired in 2010 from the Magic in the trade that sent Gilbert Arenas to Orlando.
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