Rashard Lewis voids Seattle deal

May 26, 2007 at 4:27 PM
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SEATTLE, May 26 (UPI) -- Seattle forward Rashard Lewis has filed paperwork with the NBA to void the final two years of his Sonics contract and test the free-agent market.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported the move is not a surprise because the 6-foot-10 center said as early as the 2005-06 season he planned to do it.

Last season, the eight-year veteran had per-game averages of 22.4 points and nearly seven rebounds in 60 contests.

Lewis is the Sonics' longest-tenured player and was their second-round pick in the 1998 NBA draft.

He signed a seven-year, $60 million contract during the 2003-04 season, for which he still is owed $21 million.

Team President Lenny Wilkens told the newspaper the Sonics still plan to sign Lewis, regardless of the potential presence of Texas forward Kevin Durant at the June 28 NBA draft.

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