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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.

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