Rashard Lewis has two years left on his contract that will pay him the hansom sum of 32-million. This would likely make the 32-year old small forward a candidate for the newly inked cap amnesty clause. Such a move could have both an immediate and long-term impact.
Cutting Lewis would not only put Washington further under the salary cap but it would make them more likely to win an auction for some of the leagues other amnesty cuts. Players like Minnesotas Luke Ridnour or the Clippers Mo Williams could be brought in as a cheap veteran back up point guard for John Wall.
Not to mention cutting Lewis would also give the Wizards more cap space to match an offer sheet that a team could make for restricted free agent shooting guard Nick Young. With Lewis no longer in the rotation Wizards management would be able to see if either Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton or Jan Vesely could be the long term solution at small forward.
Down the road that cap space will be needed to extend John Wall, JaVale McGee and Jordan Crawford long term. Although Ted Leonsis has stated that hed like to build the Wizards through the draft hed have enough extra money to offer a large contract to a superstar free agent.