Washington Wizards: Rashard Lewis, Everybody!
The second-highest salary in the NBA belongs to Rashard Lewis, the easiest choice for player most wanted to be rid of by his team, the Washington Wizards
The rest of the Washington Wizard roster is so cheap that Rashard Lewis' $22.15 million take up over half of the payroll at current. No one else makes enough money to even warrant consideration for this honor.
Lewis wasn't expected to do much for the Wizards, so anything he gave them in the second half was an unexpected plus. Lewis and Gilbert Arenas' heinous contracts were essentially exchanged by their teams for reasons beyond me.
The Wizards are in a serious movement of youthful rebuilding, which Lewis, at 31, does not belong to. With the sixth pick in the draft, the Wizards are hoping for another impact athlete to join John Wall, Jordan Crawford, JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche. There is a long way to climb in the process of contending for the playoffs again, but the Wizards are on the right path.
At this point, the team has to be resigned to the fact that its parting with Rashard Lewis will be when he walks in July 2013 and not a moment before. The odds of someone trading for him with actual plans to use him are slim, but that shouldn't stop the Wizards from trying because his exit via trade would be a huge victory for the franchise.
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