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this is about rashard Lewis from hoopsworld:

Rashard Lewis is not happy with Seattle. Apparently, he wants the same kind of deal Vin Baker has, not max, but close, and the Sonics are telling him no deal. In fact, it’s rumored the Sonics deal was less than half of what he was seeking ($90 million). The excuse being used is the luxury tax, and unless the Sonics can dump some cap cash fast, Lewis may sign elsewhere on a 3 year deal for the median exception, and sources close to Lewis say he’ll come to Houston “if they show him the love”. The Sonics are trying to make something happen with Boston, and other clubs with needs at the four spot are talking with the Sonics. The problem is almost every team in talks with Seattle, wants the maximum $3 million in and a draft choice, for baker while returning very little in terms of talent. The rumored deal with Boston does not seem to be as active as the media has everyone believing, but talks are ongoing. The Celtics would like to see the Sonics taking on contract years in exchange for taking Vin off their hands, but moving Kenny Anderson seems to be a sticking point as his value is very high after a decent season last year, compounded with his ending contract. The Sonics are working to get some flexibility but with Rashard’s ego having been bruised by the negotiations this far, it looks likely that Seattle may lose their promising star, who doesn’t really want to be in Seattle any way
 

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Originally posted by HAWK23 from hoopsworld:

sources close to Lewis say he’ll come to Houston “if they show him the love”.
That wouldn't suprise me at all with Lewis' continued hints about wanting to go to Houston. I couldn't believe they didn't pick him that year that they had the 3 1st rounders. The Rockets would have a very tough team assembled if he went there as a free-agent.
 

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http://www.tribnet.com/sports/story/1449324p-1567643c.html

There's the actual article. It has a couple interesting tidbits about what Lewis was offered a couple years ago, and what he's being offered now:


Lewis also recently learned that the most the Sonics can offer him while staying below the luxury tax threshold is $56 million, and he became extremely disappointed, a source said, to the point where he is considering signing a short-term contract with another team for its mid-level exception.


The source of Lewis' displeasure is that he believes that the Sonics are being disloyal to him after he displayed the loyalty they sought two summers ago.


Then, Lewis had a six-year, $46 million offer from the Toronto Raptors that he turned down because he believed the Sonics indicated to him that if he re-signed with them, they would pay him in the future.


At the time, Lewis signed a three-year, $13.2 million deal with an escape clause after the second season, which he exercised in June.


Now, the Sonics are believed to be offering Lewis only a few million dollars more than he had turned down from the Raptors even though he has two more years of experience, including last season, when he averaged 17 points and seven rebounds a game.

 

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Originally posted by Sicky Dimpkins
This report(er) claims:

"The Sonics won't participate in a sign-and-trade deal involving Lewis."

BUT gives no quotes or name(s) for his claim!


When he exercised this escape clause did that invalidate the:

Lewis Player option

he had for $4,903,750?

Other than the Clipper, I don't know who could offer him more than Seattle.
Yeah, but Dicky, you've got to look past the short term in order to understand where Lewis is coming from. He's not thinking about what people can pay him next year. He's thinking what people can pay him in the future under a nice fat multi-year contract. Better to get that contract while your stock is high, and your potential higher. I'm sure that's what he's thinking, or at least that should be what his agent is thinking. Taking the mid-level exemption, of course would be a short term solution as well, because he'd want free himself no more than a year later to play the free-agent market again. Tough to say what he would fetch then and from whom. But this could be another tracy mcgrady. true, no one seems That much potential in him now - at least not most people - but i think it's there, and if Krause sees it too, you can bet your bottom dollar he'd try to sell him on playing for chicago for a mid-level excemption. He wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't. THe only reason not to come to the Bulls is if you don't think you're going to start. But I'm telling you now. He would start over ERob, pushing Rose to the Two, and Hassell to the bench. This trade disrupts team chemistry and player roles quite a bit. I think it forces people into slightly strained roles.
 
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