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The N.B.A.'s power and drama emanated from the West last season and continued pulsing through last week's draft, but the first free-agent agreement of the summer served notice that the Eastern Conference might be a player yet.

Rashard Lewis, a Seattle SuperSonics forward for nine seasons, agreed in principle yesterday to a maximum, five-year deal with the Orlando Magic that could be worth more than $80 million.
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