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Mavericks sign Rashard Lewis to one-year, minimum-salary contract

Jul 16, 2014, 1:30 AM EST

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In 2002, Rashard Lewis was debating between signing with the Seattle SuperSonics and Dallas Mavericks. Here’s what each team offered:

  • Seattle: six years, $65 million
  • Dallas: three years, $15 million

Lewis ultimately picked the Sonics, but that the Mavericks even competed with their lesser offer shows how highly he thought of them.

Now, a dozen years later, Lewis – who grew up in Texas – joins LeBron James as Heat players heading home.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

Lewis will likely back up Dirk Nowitzki. Like Nowitzki, Lewis is a stretch four, so he’ll allow the Mavericks to keep the same scheme no matter which player is in the game.

Don’t count on Lewis, who turns 35 next month, to play many minutes. But in a limited role, he still might be able to help a playoff team.

  1. charlessb - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    as a heat fan, rashard barely played in the regular season but made 3’s throughout the playoffs and averaged double figured in the finals. hope he helps!

  2. campcouch - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    he should be well rested.

  3. patfic5 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    Hate that Vince is gone, but similar spurts with Lewis, I suppose.

  4. klinickal - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    Keep gettin’ them checks Rashad!

  5. rymurphy617 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Lewis has juice in the tank. I love this bench signing for Dallas. Mavs need to focus next on resigning Blair. Tyson never plays full seasons, Blair… If he plays like he did in the playoffs is the hard nosed grind it out big man Dallas needs to hold on to. Also look into another vet pg. Like a jameer, who has a lot to still offer and great locker room player.

    • grantgoodman93 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      I want us to re-sign Blair but I think Rick and co. soured on him after his antics in the San Antonio series.

      • tk41 - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Mavs already traded him to Washington. He did some decent things, but his physical limitations and costing them a game against SA (by kicking Splitter in the head) ran him out of town.

  6. bigmeechy74 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Perfect signing for Dallas since they rarely have guys under 30 playing. Maybe they will make another finals run and have guys play awesome for them for no reason kinda like when the corpse of peja made every 3 he took. and the crippled jason kidd made every single clutch 3 and midget barea dominated for no apparent reason. Easily the worst team to ever win a title

    • grantgoodman93 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Clown

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        That’s rude. I have feelings ya know

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