Lewis Gets Paid

I think this business of signing Rashard Lewis to a maximum contract is madness. They could use this as an example in a class on the "winner's curse". Cap management matters in this league, a lot. You just can't be throwing that kind of money at a sub-par rebounder who's terrible at defense no matter how good a shooter he is. John Hollinger begs to differ:

Plus, with Billups and Carter intent on re-signing with their respective teams, Lewis was the single best "portable" free agent available. Getting the No. 1 guy rarely fails as a free agent strategy; even if Lewis somehow fails to live up to his Seattle numbers, the Magic still are getting a quality player.

Larry Hughes is laughing all the way to the bank on the basis of this theory.