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New Orleans Hornets Buy Out Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis is set to enter free agency after he was waived and bought out by the New Orleans Hornets.

Feb. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Wizards guard Rashard Lewis during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Wizards 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Feb. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Wizards guard Rashard Lewis during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Wizards 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Hornets have bought out the contract of Rashard Lewis, who is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent. Considering the size of Lewis' contract and his cap number for next season, this is hardly surprising news. Lewis was set to make $23 million next season, part of which will still count against the Hornets' cap.

New Orleans traded for Lewis prior to the NBA Draft, sending Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards in exchange. He never lived up to his max contract during his time with the Orlando Magic, with his production and health taking a significant downturn over the past three seasons.

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