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Lewis emphasized that he feels no ill will toward the Magic and that he wishes the best for the franchise that signed him to a huge free-agent contract in July 2007.
He remains in touch with former teammates, most notably point guard Jameer Nelson. He also hopes the Magic can retain Dwight Howard for the long-term.
He even said he rooted for the Magic in last spring’s playoffs.
“I still felt like, in my heart, I was a part of that team, and I wanted them to win,” he said.
“I still want this city to win the NBA championship. I thank them for everything that they’ve done for me: for giving me an opportunity to come and play here with Dwight Howard, with a first-class organization, with a great coach in Stan Van Gundy and with great fans.” […]
Lewis, 32, sacrificed during his time in Orlando.
He is a natural small forward who played power forward without complaint. With Howard patrolling the middle, Lewis spent much of his time as a spot-up shooter. Lewis often was overmatched as a one-on-one defender against bigger opponents, but he was a good team defender who usually was in the right place.
“He’s one of the greatest teammates and team players that I’ve been around in my career,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “He was willing to do anything.”
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.