6. Rashard Lewis — 6 Years, $118 Million
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If it’s any consolation to the Orlando Magic, Rashard Lewis would probably command a max salary in today’s NBA.
If you’re 6’10” and can shoot the rock, which Lewis was and could, you’re in line for huge cash.
Lewis got six years and $118 million from the Magic in 2007—parlaying a 2006-07 season with the Sonics that included 22.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 39.0 percent shooting from long range—into a sign-and-trade that sent him across the continent.
Lewis never came close to matching his 2006-07 volume, but he actually had his two best seasons after arriving in Orating fell below the league average for the first time since his rookie year. He missed at least 25 games per season over the remaining three years of the deal, during which he split time with the Magic, Wizards and Heat.
Orlando had to get off Lewis’ money halfway through the contract, and even if he was solid early in the deal, Lewis wasn’t the type of star that justified that kind of investment. He stays out of the top five because he was still a useful piece on the Orlando team that fell to the Lakers in the 2009 Finals and met the Celtics in the conference finals the following year.