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Rashard Lewis, after signing with Mavericks, having knee surgery

Jul 22, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

The Dallas Mavericks signed Rashard Lewis. There was even a press release announcing the deal was official.

But there’s a catch.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Ah, the perils of signing someone who turns 35 in a couple weeks and has already spent 16 seasons in the NBA.

Dallas ran into a similar situation last summer with Devin Harris, who agreed to a three-year, $9 million+ contract before an injury came to light. The Mavericks eventually signed Harris to a one-year, minimum salary deal, and they re-signed him long-term this year.

But Harris hadn’t yet signed his contract. Lewis has.

A uniform player contract, as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, specifies a team can void a deal if the players fails a physical within three days of signing and the results are reported to the team and player within six days of the signing.

Lewis’ agent implies the Mavericks will keep his client, but if they can still invalidate the contract, the window won’t be open much longer.

  1. miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Keep getting those checks Shard. Will miss the “HEATLES” Era in Miami.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      If Rashard Lewis should be remembered for anything, it should be the 2004-05 Sonics with Ray Allen that pushed the eventual champion Spurs to the brink in the second round.

  2. rajbais - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    This sounds like Bill Walton coming to the Clippers for the first time.

    • fm31970 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      It reminds me of J.R. Smith last summer.

      And 16 years in the NBA!?! Damn, I’m old.

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