Wizards Trade Rashard Lewis And No. 46 Draft Pick To New Orleans For Trevor Ariza And Emeka Okafor

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Trevor Ariza #1 and Emeka Okafor #50 of the New Orleans Hornets in the first quarter in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Washington Wizards traded forward Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 overall draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets for forwards Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.

The Washington Wizards have made a huge move a little more than a week away from the NBA Draft by trading forward Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 overall draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets for forwards Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. The move was first reported by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.

The Wizards have been looking to possibly help their front court and getting both Ariza and Okafor should do just that. Ariza played 41 games for the Hornets last season, averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Okafor played 27 games for the Hornets last season, averaging 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

With this trade, the Wizards now may be in a position to do two things. The first thing could be to amnesty Andray Blatche and remove his contract from the books. The second could be to use the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft to select Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal on June 28.

Ariza is owed just over $7.2 million next season and has a player option worth $7.7 million in 2013-14. Okafor, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, is owed $28.2 million over the next two seasons, including an early termination option for 14.6 million in 2013-14.

For more information on the NBA, please check out the SB Nation NBA Hub Page. For more information on the Washington Wizards, check out the SB Nation blog Bullets Forever.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.