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 an 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
The Dallas Mavericks have built a veteran roster to contend in the Western Conference, but one of their recent signings in forward Rashard Lewis may not net the intended immediate dividends.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, Lewis will undergo surgery on his right knee:
Forward Rashard Lewis will have knee surgery soon, a source told Yahoo. Lewis has previously agreed to sign with Dallas.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 22, 2014
Spears also reported a quote from Lewis' agent:
Agent Colin Bryant: "Rashard discovered he needs a medical procedure on his right knee to ensure he functions at a high level this season."— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 22, 2014
Rotowire's Jeff Stotts added his input upon learning the news:
When they 1st signed Rashard Lewis I said Mavs med staff would have their hands full w/ his knees. Interested to see specifics re: surgery.— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) July 22, 2014
How important is Rashard Lewis to the Mavs' 2014-15 success?
Dallas also reunited with center Tyson Chandler through a trade and lured away restricted free agent Chandler Parsons from the Houston Rockets. The Mavs faithful now have high hopes after they pushed the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the opening round of the 2014 NBA playoffs.
Although he isn't expected to be the biggest contributor, Lewis provides key depth and can be deployed at either the 4 or 3, spelling Dallas superstar Dirk Nowitzki or even Parsons. That Lewis offers similar shooting range to Nowitzki allows continuity across different lineups for the Mavs offense, making Dallas all the more of an ideal destination for Lewis as the end of his career approaches.
Lewis' deal is of the one-year variety, so it is key that his knee surgery and subsequent recovery goes well. That depends largely on the severity of the procedure's circumstances. If this operation is indeed serious, the Mavs will have gotten little out of what they expected to be a key spot on the 2014-15 roster.