Washington Wizards: Reviewing the Gilbert Arenas-Rashard Lewis Trade

December 18th, 2010 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
The Washington Wizards took the next step in their ongoing process to rebuild the franchise with youth by parting with maligned guard Gilbert Arenas in a three-team trade. With Arenas out of town, the Wizards can hand the franchise's future over to rookie John Wall with full confidence. The deal brings Rashard Lewis to Washington, and there are a number of doubts about what he can do for the Wizards.

This move proves just how desperate the Wizards were to part ways with Arenas after three wasted seasons of his huge contract.

Lewis averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, while shooting 41.9-percent from the field and an average 36.7 percent from beyond the arc with the Magic this season. Arenas was averaging 17.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game, while shooting 39.4-percent from the field and an above average 39.4-percent from three. There is clearly a trade-off with this deal, especially considering that the Wizards don't have an immediate need for a power forward.

That fact makes it apparent that the Wizards made the move to get Arenas out of town rather than improve themselves through addition.

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