Rashard Lewis Surprised by Trade
Realizing that he was simply holding a huge chunk of the salary cap, (Rashard) Lewis knew that his time was up once the season ended — but he was surprised about how the Wizards went about ending his tenure. The Wizards had at their disposal the one-time amnesty provision, which allows teams to pay a player their remaining salary without counting it toward the league’s luxury tax. But they had reserved it for Andray Blatche — who will receive $7.1 million from the Wizards this season.
“I thought I would get amnestied. I didn’t know I would get traded,” said Lewis, who later received a buyout from the Hornets before signing with the Heat.