Rashard Lewis played two seasons with the Miami Heat before returning home, although with significantly less fanfare than another former teammate. Lewis, who played high school basketball in Alief, Texas, had signed a one-year deal to play with the Dallas Mavericks on June 19.
However, following a routine physical examination, results indicated that Lewis would need knee surgery. The Mavs have voided the contract according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears (via Twitter):
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
Lewis has had a history of knee injury during his once-promising career. He was limited for most of his tenure with the Washington Wizards, his last stop before joining Miami as contributing bench player. He is currently ranked eight on the NBA’s list of most made 3-point field goals.
Spears obtained the following statement by Lewis’ agent, Colin Bryant, regarding the surgery:
“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.”
Although Lewis only played sparingly during the regular season, he was a starter during Miami’s successful playoff run, providing valuable minutes against the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game last season. He was also part of Miami’s 2012-2013 championship team.
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