Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Hornets and Wizards have made the first
significant trade of the summer, as center Emeka Okafor and forward Trevor
Ariza are heading to the nation's capital for the albatross contract of
The Hornets will also receive the 46th overall pick in the upcoming draft.
"We are pleased to add two more solid pieces as we continue to build our
roster with a balance of proven veterans and the core of young talent that we
have developed," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Emeka's defensive
presence and rebounding ability will combine with Trevor's versatility to add
new dimensions to our frontcourt, and both players fit in very well with the
type of team-first culture that we have been working to establish."
Since the Hornets lucked into the first overall pick, this trade seems to
clear room for the presumed top selection Anthony Davis to move into a
starting role for New Orleans. Both Okafor and Ariza have two years left on
their respective deals, with Ariza's final season coming as a player option.
Lewis, who is going to be one of the highest paid players in the league next
season, has only one season remaining on his deal.
This deal will give the Wizards another big man to pair with Nene, whom the
team acquired in a trade with Denver last season. In 27 games during the
2011-12 campaign, Okafor averaged 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds.
In 511 games over eight seasons with the Hornets franchise, Okafor has posted
per-game averages of 12.7 points and 10.1 rebounds.
Ariza spent the last two seasons in New Orleans after bouncing around from New
York to Orlando to the Lakers to Houston. In 41 games for the Hornets last
season, he scored 10.8 points per game.
Lewis, whose production has fallen significantly since his time in Seattle,
scored 7.8 points per game for the Wizards last season.
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