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Rashard Lewis won’t opt out of Heat contract

Jun 14, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

Miami Heat forward Lewis attempts a shot while Utah Jazz forwards Carroll and Favors defend during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah

After the Big Three (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) and Ray Allen, which current Miami Heat player has posted the highest-scoring season in his career?

It’s the guy who hasn’t played even nine minutes in a single playoff game.

Rashard Lewis, who averaged more than 20 points three times with the Seattle SuperSonics then became the second-best player (behind Dwight Howard) on an Orlando Magic team that reached the Finals, has settled for a reduced role in Miami. At 33, he might have no other option, but he sounds content to stay where he is rather than exploring the marketplace for more money and playing time.

Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:

Rashard Lewis confirmed he doesn’t plan to opt out of his contract this summer & will return to #Heat next season:

“I don’t plan on opting out,’’ said Lewis, who has player option next season worth $1.4 million. “I plan on staying for another year (with the Heat), trying to make another run at it.’’

Lewis obviously joined the Heat to win a championship, and they’re two games from doing just that. At this stage of his career, his priorities probably haven’t changed, and Miami is well-positioned to contend again next season, too.

We might be nearing the point, if we haven’t gotten there already, where veterans like Lewis are jockeying for a seat at the Heat’s table. Lewis already has one, and he isn’t giving his up just because it pays a minimum salary.

  1. reesesteel23 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Ofcourse not..

    • hehateme2 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      He knows a good thing when he sees it. HEAT WIN!

  2. BenZweiman521 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    That’s Jermaine O’Neal

  3. reesesteel23 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Why Jermaine Oneal in the pic?

  4. rjlink1 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Why is there a picture of Jermaine O’Neal for a story about Rashard Lewis?

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      because all ball players look alike.
      you so silly.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Jermaine is actually pointing to Lewis off camera…
        Jermaine is telling Crawford to read this article that he is pointing too….
        Jermaine looks just as surprised why he is in a Rashard Lewis article and explaining it to his buddy, Joey….

        This reminds me of “Dysfunctional Family Circus”…where people would fill in the quote/comment on an original Family Circus comic picture. the results are hilarious and often times…filthy…but still funny. check it out.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Even Jermaine O’Neal is trying to figure out why he is being pictured.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      wrong, Jermaine pointed to the Spurs bench and told Joey that Tim Duncan said his moma Joey told Jermaine I’m going to run that mf’er and he did.

  6. alildusty - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    It’s cause he’s one of those veteran’s that are jockeying for a seat at the Heat Bandwagon table! UFA and Heat can use some useless injury prone size downlow or a big behind to keep the chair warm for the actual players.

  7. asimonetti88 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I definitely laughed at the Jermaine O’Neal pic for this article.

  8. tommy972 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Article contradicts itself and says in the first paragraph “Who has posted highest scoring season in his career” (which Lewis is averaging about 5ppg) and even mentions his 20+ ppg seasons in Seattle.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Yeah I read and re read that like ten times; my head hurts now, because I still dont get it. I was like is it Norris Cole?

  9. leahcima1 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Whatever the mix ups in the article, we’re happy to have Rashard back going for his second ring. He’s a good team mate and a good fill in.

  10. herkulease - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I’m shocked that guy who mailed in the last 3 years and robbed the Magic, Wizards and Hornets by collecting close to $60 million would not opt out of a contract that pays him 1.4 million to sit on the bench.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      He knows the jig is up. If he think he could fleece someone else, he would.

  11. coryfor3 - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    He’s getting what his value on the market would be. IF he got another contract. He’s hanging in the bandwagon and pocketing over a million to do nothing.

  12. seattlenative57 - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Try writing this post over. The opening paragraph and question make no sense. Lewis did not record his highest scoring average this year or last. He’s been bench fodder for at least 3 years.

    • badintent - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Dan’s smoking funny cigarettes. again before he writes.

  13. charlutes - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Are you really writing this? No one is paying this guy at this point. Nobody.

  14. wsuperman4445 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I find it Ironic that on the Heat you have Rashard Lewis who used to play for the Magic one of their best now doing something that he couldn’t do while playing in his priemer years, riding the Bench and Getting paid his lowest salary and his ring Finally then you have on the Spurs Tracy Mc Grady also a Former Magic Player one of their Best Riding the Bench and may also Get his First ring, something he could do in his Prime Years

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