He may have to settle instead for his former teammates' laughter.

Tuesday, in his first trip back to the arena he helped launch, Lewis wandered into the Orlando Magic locker room after the team had finished its practice. Everyone cracked up when they saw Lewis standing there, wearing a Washington Wizards T-shirt and shorts and a smile on his face.

Lewis will not be formally introduced when the Magic host the Wizards tonight — the teams' first meeting in Orlando since the blockbuster, mid-December trade that sent him to Washington for Gilbert Arenas. A sore right knee kept Lewis out of Washington's last two games and almost certainly will prevent him from playing tonight.

"It most definitely would've been a lot of fun to come back and play in front of the fans," Lewis said.

The fans' best chance to honor him may arise if Amway Center's jumbotron flashes his image during a stoppage in play.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy predicted that Lewis will receive a warm ovation tonight.

"I would hope, and I would think that he'd get a great one," Van Gundy said. "Again, he was a key guy, if not the key guy, instrumental in really getting this franchise going to a much higher level and on top of that was a great pro, was a great teammate, a model citizen [and was] involved in the community."

Lewis said he never received an explanation why the Magic traded him away. He has read quotes from Magic General Manager Otis Smith in which Smith said Orlando needed more scoring and more punch.