Hornets acquire Lewis in trade for Okafor, Ariza
The New Orleans Hornets acquired forward Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick in the upcoming draft from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Trevor Ariza and center Emeka Okafor.
Lewis, a two-time NBA All-Star, will enter his 14th season in the NBA after averaging 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 28 games, including 15 starts, last season for Washington. He sustained a left knee bone bruise that ended his season before the All-Star break. Lewis has one year remaining on his contract at $23.7 million.
Okafor, 29, averaged 9.9 points and 7.9 points in 27 games last season. Okafor missed 39 games last season because of a knee injury. He is due to make $28 million over the next two seasons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Ariza, 26, averaged 10.8 points last season. He was benched for the final 10 games last season because the Hornets wanted to evaluate second-year forward Al Farouq Aminu.