The Rockets will offer forward Shane Battier and their No. 1 draft pick, 26th overall, in an attempt to lure Lewis home to Houston.
The Sonics say they want to re-sign Lewis, a one-time All-Star who has opted out of his contract, and they have the negotiating leverage to convince him to stay because they can offer a longer-term contract than any other suitor.
But the Rockets are hoping that they can cajole Lewis to leave the only NBA team he has played for with the enticement of being close to family and friends.
If there's been a worse month in St. Louis Cardinals history than April 2007, describe it to a member of Cardinal Nation at your peril. From the mere disappointment of opening a title defense with weaknesses galore to the unspeakable tragedy of a player's sudden death, the 30 days after St. Louis beat Cleveland at AutoZone Park in the Civil Rights Game were among the worst the team has -- or will ever -- experience.