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Report: Rashard Lewis near deal to join Miami Heat

Jul 10, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

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UPDATE 6:11 pm: According to Brian Windhorst at ESPN this is a two-year deal worth $2.8 million. Other reports have suggested the second year of the deal is a player option.

Not expensive. Still not a huge risk. But in that second year if he doesn’t pan out the Heat could have really used that roster slot for someone else. We will see.

UPDATE  5:06 pm: All sorts of reports came flying in after we posted this that the deal is more than just close, it’s agreed to. Marc Spears of Yahoo reports this as a two year deal, but I have to think the second year is a team option. If it’s not the Heat really are making a mistake. One year at the veteran’s minimum is a no-risk move for the Heat, two is a mistake.

4:52 pm: How much does Rashard Lewis have in the tank?

The Miami Heat appear willing to pay the veteran’s minimum to see if the quinticential stretch four still has a few three balls left, tweets Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

People I’ve talked to today believe it’s very likely Rashard Lewis will end up in Miami for the $1.35 million veteran’s minimum.

The two sides have been meeting and there is a fit. Seriously. I saw you just roll your eyes, but you need to make a distinction between Rashard Lewis the guy with the worst contract in the league and Rashard Lewis the player. He is not worth near the $22.7 million he was to get paid for next season, which is why the Hornets bought him out (after trading for him). He wasn’t worth the $13.7 million buyout either but they saved $9 mil.

But that is different than saying he is a bad player. The questions are is he healthy and can he regain his form? This is a career 38.8 percent shooter from three who fell off to 23 percent last season, while he was battling knee injuries. He plays a smart game, if he’s back he can help a team. Not star, but help.

If healthy and able to get up and down the court for 15 minutes a night, he becomes another guy who can come off the bench in Miami and knock down threes. Which is good fro them and bad for everyone else. One year at the vets minimum is not a big risk for Miami.

Lewis also had talks with the Knicks and Hawks before working out the South Beach deal.

  1. gmen4life33 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Good signing for the Heat, very low-risk. All they need is for him to get hot from 3 in a game or two in the playoffs, and he will be well worth the vet min.

  2. eltrilliardo - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM


    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      Isn’t a “quinticential”, like a 500th Anniversary or something like that?

  3. paleihe - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    “He is not worth near the $22.7 million he was to get paid for next season”
    *last season

    “Which is good fro them and bad for everyone else”

    You’re welcome.

  4. tomtravis76 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    If you got amnestied or bought out, essentially already getting paid this season(and make it past the special waiver), why wouldn’t you take a league minimum salary for one year to play with the Heat, OKC, Lakers, Clippers, Knicks or Brooklyn?

  5. rushbacker - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    For God’s sake, Kurt, “quinticential?” Geez, dude, friggin’ NBC can’t afford to get you a spellchecker (you know, let alone an editor) to make sure you aren’t making up words?

    • elcomandanteenjefe - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Easy on the guy there brother! He probably speaks American and writes British… honour instead of honor, litre instead of liter, quinticential instead of quintessential… maybe not!

      • badintent - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        In hospital, not in the hospital, on Shesule, not on schedule, I tell ya, these Brit twits are the pits. Limeys all !!

    • willsolo - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      We really need to get some of the guys from HBT in here.

  6. miamatt - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I wouldn’t expect him to do much for the Heat, but well worth the small risk that is the veteran’s minimum.

    Bosh is really the only stretch 4 (more a stretch 5 now) on the roster, so this makes sense. If Lewis can hit some threes and grab a few rebounds in a limited role, and that’s all you can ask for if you’re a Miami fan.

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      I’m willing to bet my entire savings account that he will contribute more than, Eddy Curry did to this Championship season…. I love what the organization is doing by getting players that are hungry and feel they have something to prove. “Sacrifice”; Obviously, some had to more than others, however in the end you can gain a lot my friends. Good luck with your 4mil or whatever you received, Mr. Camby…. Sammy Dalembert respectively chose to sign with the Rockets last season for more money then we could offer after he was highly sought out by the Miami Heat and we see where that got him… TRADED!! Everyone from top to bottom took less to be a part of something special. HeatNation Stand Up!!!!

  7. thejotapee - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    We’re staked! All we need now is a presence in the middle and we’re (dare I say it) complete! Let’s go HEAT!!!!

  8. berto55 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Kirk Helin can’t fukcin spel!

  9. angelcastro1120 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    It’s called a blog. Not a newspaper article. Cut the dude some slack.

  10. hartdaddy - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Can’t wait until he knocks in ONE three just to watch “Heat” fans & Miami media brag about how much of a steal Rashard Lewis is.

    • angelcastro1120 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      That’s cool. He’ll knock in ONE and Allen the other EIGHT and all will be fine.

  11. david8726 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    If all you guys are so offended by Kurt’s typos, why don’t you go start your own NBA blog? I’d like to see you do the job better.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      I think the comments are almost always better than the story. Usually, I read the headline and go right to the comments, skiping the story entirely. I can’t be the only one.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        That would explain your ridiculous comments. Maybe you should read the story then comment on it. Try that for a change instead of just praising Heat players in your comments. We’d all appreciate it.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        I misspoke. Before I go to the comments, I glance over at the “Purchase Miami Heat Championship Merchandise” window in the top right corner and smile.

        Then, I praise the Heat players, coaches, and front office.

        (It’s so easy to make this guy mad. Fun too. Watch this…)

        Between Jason Kidd and Amare Stoutemire, the Knicks lead the league in punched out wives and fire extinguishers.

        (Watch,how mad he gets at me for that. Like it was ME who punched Joumanna)

      • soflasfinest - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        Cantonbitch shut the hell up and stop causing drama you pole smoker!

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        The NBA Is meeting today to discuss where to put the asterisk on the banner. They are also planning a Tim Donoghy & David Stern day, you know the 2 people responsible for the Heat’s 2 championships.
        I’m sure David Stern will do whatever he can to avoid Howard going to Brooklyn much like he did Paul to the Lakers. He is on a mission to help the Heat & LeBron hype machine.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        so easy

  12. thestudiokida - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Everybody says he’s worth the risk as minimum but what about the risk of losing a roster spot if somebody serviceable becomes available? Rashard Lewis was never very good. He played power forward for Orlando when Dwight was learning post moves and kicking out to wide open shooters. He shot a good % from 3 but that’s it. He didn’t rebound, he didn’t play much D, and he didn’t drive the ball or pass particularly well.

    So what’s the point? How many 3-point shooters do you need on one team? Heat already have Ray Allen, Battier, James Jones, Chalmers, Miller (maybe), Norris Cole to hit long range shots. Even Bosh is hitting 3’s now. Maybe the Heat are creating a plan based around LeBron living in the post and kicking out on every possession.

  13. clippernation365 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    @berto55 spell*

    • berto55 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Dear Simpleton, I think you mean that my sentence should read:

      Kurt Helin can’t fuc*in spell.

      What you failed to realize is this was intentional and in this instance might be referred to as sarcasm or dry humor. You can go back to throwing poo at your friends now.

      • progress2011 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        Most folk with more than a 3rd grade education, understood the dry humor berto55 ! It was friggin hilarious and made me laugh out-loud.

        Don’t worry bout the plethora of midget minded, backwoods and hood folk that post. Most just started walking up-right, discovered fire and just learned the earth is not flat !


  14. teambringitstrong - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    All these perimeter signings and no one in the middle. Heat fans better hope they stay hot from outside all year long. Lakers in 6.

    • buffalowned - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      how did the lakers two all star 7 footers do last year in the playoffs? oh yeah.. they got killed by the team that miami beat in 5 games

    • badintent - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      James hung 45 on Boston playoff game with 75 % of his shots Inside. Heck, even Mario drove the lane all night. The Thunder did the same on the Fakers.With Shaq gone, no more inside presence in NBA

      • danfrommv - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        It’s not that Shaq is gone. It’s that they changed the rules when Shaq was dominating to:

        1) Allow double-teaming on a player without the ball
        2) Cut down on hand-checking to enable quick guards to penetrate

        The rules changes were designed to make the game faster and have resulted in big men being worth less and quick guards being worth more than 10 years ago.

  15. findthetruth90 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Wow is it me or are the heat trying to put together a team to break the regular season three points made as a team? It’s raining threes

  16. canehouse - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    72… you’re correct… after reading the comments i go back and read what horrific stuff kurt must have written to get all these sir john gielgud’s panties in an air tight wad.

    By the way… i like this signing on a couple of levels! 2012 NBA CHAMPS!!! LET’S GO HEAT!

  17. jedifriedchicken - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I used to like Lewis, until he got suspended for testing positive for steroids. It seemed like his production has been terrible ever since then. Cheaters suck. I look forward to him continuing to degrade out of the league.

    • findthetruth90 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Yea those steroids made him huge! They really worked!

      • BrownsTown - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        It wasn’t steroids, but some other PED. It indeed does help a guy whose job is run up and down the court shooting and jumping. There weren’t any tired 4th quarter legs in old Reshard’s jumper. But as referenced, he’s gone downhill ever since getting busted.

      • badintent - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Steroids help injuries heal faster. Lewis never was a big guy but roids could have made him hold on to some muscle mass that a fast metabolism could make hard to keep over a long season.I suspect that these were the real reason he took them.Lord knows he didn’t want Cancescos’ little stones.

  18. rickyspanish - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM


    You may not have gotten the joke, now you look foolish.

  19. j0esixpack - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Everyone here knows I’m no fan of the Heat – but to criticize this deal based on a 2nd year is ridiculous

    The Heat were well stocked enough to win the Championship without him and Allen. Adding these guys – even if they don’t pan out – is a no brainer low risk move.

    Even if he never steps foot on the court the Heat will be fine with the team as is.

    • duane888 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      That’s right. He’s mainly insurance/backup should Ray Ray get hurt again or still has injury issues going on.

  20. nobandwagonridersallowed - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    The Miami Heat just possibly got more fire power coming off the bench… #Scary

  21. lakerluver - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Wow, another one dimensional over the hill gunner. What, Jesus Shuttlesworth wasn’t enough?!

    • badintent - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Gotta love Fisher raining 3s on ya boys in the West finals.3s are one dimensional until they fall on you, then they look like bunker busters.

    • zeedoubleyou - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Lakers will be lucky if Miami settles for threes. Nash is a matador and Kobe’s D is living on his reputation at this point.

  22. canehouse - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    sixpack… is that really you? i really thought your account was hacked… well said!!!

  23. jadyn3 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    South Beach deal? Lol

    It’s the MIAMI Heat not the South Beach Heat. The arena is in downtown Miami, not on the island of Miami Beach. Geez.

    Getting. Very. Annoying.

    • scorp16 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      I suppose maybe that’s why I couldn’t find Giants Stadium when I was walking down 42nd street. What do you mean they don’t play in New York. Next thing you’ll tell me is that the Jets don’t actually play in New York either. Yeah right.

      Beantown. New England Patriots. Boston’s team………. Wadda ya mean that Gillette stadium is actually closer to Providence Rhode Island than it is to Boston.

      Shall I Go On?

      Live with it. SOUTH BEACH – Home of the WORLD CHAMPION MIAMI HEAT

  24. cantonbound13 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Spo won’t play him because he doesn’t play defense

  25. pistolpete0903 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM;s like the Sonics AARP. The Heat might as well sign Collison and Daniels

    • zeedoubleyou - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      It’s Hersey Hawkins or nobody

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