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Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports on the status of Rashard Lewis' contract with the Dallas Mavericks:
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Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times has a surprising update on Lewis' status:
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Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides official details of Rashard Lewis' contract with the Mavericks:
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:
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports on the financial terms:
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:
Meanwhile, Shane Young of Hoops Habit notes how the veteran's best skill can help out his new team:
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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