The phone rang, but Rashard Lewis couldn't answer when he looked at his caller ID and saw Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith was on the other end. Lewis was trying unsuccessfully to take his usual pregame nap but overcome with angst after hearing rumors during the morning shoot-around that he was about to be dealt to the woebegone Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas. Lewis let the call drift to voice mail, then called his agent, Tony Dutt, to get confirmation that he was gone. Distraught, Lewis spoke with Smith. The two exchanged pleasantries and expressed mutual respect, but when he hung up, Lewis had to deal with the reality that he was a 30-something starting over with a rebuilding team. "I think it was most definitely devastating. Emotionally, mentally, it's draining," Lewis said recently. "It was a surprise when I got traded. So when you come from being on a team trying to win a championship to be on a team that barely wins road games and barely can win at home, as well .?.?. it was difficult. It was almost like you wanted the season to be over."
Rashard Lewis finally settling in with Wizards on anniversary of after Gilbert Arenas trade
Washington Post | Dec 18