Posted by Royce Young
Rashard Lewis has missed Washington's last five games due to a sore right knee. Not that anyone has really noticed because the Wizards have been absolutely terrible, losing five straight and nine of their last 10.
Lewis though, is as important a piece to Washington's success as anyone though because it's a team devoid of depth and much talent so with him or Andray Blatche, the group has struggled.
But they may need to prepare to finish our their rough 2010-11 campaign without him. According to the Washington Post, Lewis will get another opinion on his right knee this week, but as the report says, it's unlikely Lewis will play again this year.
There's potential Lewis could need surgery and if that's the case, obviously he'd be out. But either way, there's no rush for him to come back. He's signed through 2012 (through 2013, but that's non-guaranteed) and is owed about $40 million for those two years. Lewis may not be part of the Wizards' long-term plan, but him being healthy next season is something they'd surely hope for.
He's been pretty good for the Wizards since his trade there from the Magic. Nothing fantastic, but definitely a contributor, putting in around 12-14 points a night.
With his knee situation, it is tanking time, so the Wizards might encourage him to just rest up anyway. They aren't playing for anything other than a few extra ping-pong balls.