ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Rashard Lewis formally joined the Magic
today when Orlando and Seattle completed a sign-and-trade deal for
the high-scoring forward.
The Magic sent Seattle a conditional second-round pick, while
the SuperSonics earned a trade exception believed to be in the
nine-(m) million-dollar range.
Lewis agreed to terms with the Magic earlier this month, but no
deal could be closed until today, the first day that the league's
free agent moratorium was lifted. The six-year deal is expected to
be worth at least 110 (m) million dollars.
Lewis averaged a career-best 22-point-four points last season
for Seattle. That's where he spent the first nine years of his
N-B-A career after jumping straight to the pros from high school.
The SuperSonics took him early in the second round of the 1998
draft. He's averaged more than 20 points in each of the last three
seasons, and is the SuperSonics' all-time leader in three-point
field goals with 973.
Lewis' acquisition is the first formal move in what could be a
busy week for the Magic, who reportedly plan to announce an 85-(m)
million-dollar, five-year extension with All-Star center Dwight