Updates from Tuesday, July 29
Nelson said the #Mavs may consider signing Rashard Lewis after his knee surgery. Mavs took 1-yr, $1.4 million deal for Lewis off the table.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) July 30, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 23
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports on the status of Rashard Lewis' contract with the Dallas Mavericks:
The Mavericks have voided forward Rashard Lewis' one-year contract after finding out he needed knee surgery in his physical, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 23, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times has a surprising update on Lewis' status:
It looks like Rashard Lewis didn't pass his physical (knee) with the Mavs and will be a free agent again— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 23, 2014
Updates from Saturday, July 19
Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides official details of Rashard Lewis' contract with the Mavericks:
Rashard Lewis officially signed his one-year deal with the #Mavs today for the veteran's minimum.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) July 19, 2014
Rashard Lewis' one-year deal calls for him to make $1.4 million with the #Mavs during the 2014-'15 season.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) July 19, 2014
After two years of contributing off the bench with the Miami Heat, Rashard Lewis will look to once again make an impact for a contending team next season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports first reported the deal:
Free agent forward Rashard Lewis has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks, his agent Colin Bryant told Yahoo Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 16, 2014
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports on the financial terms:
Rashard Lewis' 1-year deal is for the minimum. Mavs still have $2.7M exception.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 16, 2014
The two-time All-Star was once one of the top scorers in the league, topping out at 22.4 points per game with the Seattle Supersonics during the 2006-07 season. He started to slow down a bit with the Orlando Magic before transitioning to more of a secondary role with the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat.
Lewis did come through with big performances for the Heat, though, especially in the playoffs. He contributed to the 2012-13 title and almost won a second one this past season, but the squad could not defeat the San Antonio Spurs in the final. Still, he added 5.3 points per game in 18 appearances (eight starts) for the Eastern Conference champions.
LeBron James even discussed how valuable Lewis was toward the end of the postseason, via Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk:
Rashard has been huge for us ever since he’s been inserted into our starting lineup, from the Indiana series. He’s been in this position before. He’s been to the Finals with the Orlando Magic. He’s been in huge playoff games, and his experience and ability to knock down shots helps us out a lot. It spreads the floor for us, and every time he catches the ball, we tell him just to shoot it. Don’t think about nothing else besides shooting the ball, and we live with his results.
With his transition to the Mavericks, he will provide a similar role as an experienced player who can help out off the bench. MacMahon breaks down the situation:
Rashard Lewis is stretch 4 who can be low-$ backup for Dirk. Avg 16 minutes per game for Miami last year. Mavs won't ask more, if that much.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 16, 2014
Meanwhile, Shane Young of Hoops Habit notes how the veteran's best skill can help out his new team:
Rashard Lewis taking his shooting to a team that already improved theirs, but now can be another weapon in Dallas' 2015 playoff run— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) July 16, 2014
Lewis hit 34.3 percent of shots from three-point range this season, but his career mark of 38.6 percent over 16 years indicates that he has consistently been a force from beyond the arc. At 6'10", he also becomes a matchup nightmare for opposing teams.
After also adding Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler and others in the offseason, Dallas should be able to transition from the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference to a true title contender this season.
The biggest question is whether the aging lineup can last the year without breaking down. With Lewis providing quality minutes off the bench, this should not be an issue.
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