Needing surgery, Lewis out in Dallas

By Jeff Caplan, NBA.com

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST – Rashard Lewis, felled by a right knee in need of surgical repair, is back on the market.

The Dallas Mavericks confirmed Wednesday that the Texas native did not pass his physical and will require surgery. The Mavs opted to void the one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum they signed Lewis to on Saturday. Lewis, 34, becomes an unrestricted free agent.

“It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis’ physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee,” Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said in a statement. “We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery and continued success in his remarkable career.”

The 6-foot-10 Lewis finished up a two-year run with the Miami Heat, winning the lone championship of his career in 2013. Although Lewis was called upon late in the 2014 postseason after Chris “Birdman” Andersen was injured, Lewis as mostly a non-rotation player during his time with the Heat.

His upcoming 17th season in the league with Dallas was expected to be much the same, filling a role as an end-of-bench insurance policy. The re-made Mavs signed Chandler Parsons and Richard Jefferson at the small forward positions, and have plans to use Brandan Wright more at power forward behind Dirk Nowitzki.

Now Lewis’ future is unclear. His agent, Colin Bryant told Yahoo! Sports: “Rashard discovered he needs a medical procedure on his right knee to ensure he functions at a high level this season. We look forward to [Lewis] getting this behind him as soon as possible so he can continue his stellar NBA career.”

Lewis entered the NBA in 1998 straight of out of high school in suburban Houston. The 32nd pick overall played nine seasons in Seattle before being traded to Orlando as the Magic pursued a championship with Dwight Howard. In 2008-09, Lewis averaged 17.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg and shot 39.7 percent on 3-pointers as the Magic lost in the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lewis’ production has tailed off every season since as he’s journeyed from Orlando to Washington and Miami. With his deal in Dallas dead, Lewis will have to show he’s physically ready post-surgery to resume his career.

11 Comments

  1. Coach says:

    I second that comment^^^^^^bare minimum @ the most!!

  2. harrythehawk says:

    That’s sad.

  3. Sergei Zweibach says:

    Does not matter who you sign, the spurs still gonna with the division buahahahaha!

  4. gedz says:

    lewis out? sign Andray Blatche 6’11 who can play on the post and and have a mid range shot. Could be good off the bench for Dirk or even Tyson. Either Jameer and Mo they are both fit for the Mavz system but ill go for Nelson to complete for the Mavz line-up. I can smell championship…

  5. Hunter says:

    Darn and the Mavs are close to getting Jameer, would be cool to have both. GO MAVS!

  6. A.J. says:

    I think it’s hilarious that Orlando’s frontcourt, from Lewis to Turkoglu, and who knows, maybe even Howard, were all on ‘roids during the entire 2009 playoffs. Dave Stern, at your service. “Nothing to see here, nothing to see here, please disperse!”

  7. they needed a shooter…lewis should’ve waited to get a surgery…now he won’t get paid lol

    • BlakeShow says:

      He failed a physical administered by the Mavs. He should’ve had the physical done earlier, but this guy is always injured. It’s a miracle he played last season lol

    • squala96 says:

      Rashard should actually play for free for a couple of seasons. He once had the second-highest paycheck in the league and he wasn’t even a Top 20 player. Unless he squandered all that undeserved money, he’s a lot more than alright for the rest of his life.