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Report: Mavericks void Rashard Lewis’ contract after it’s discovered he needs knee surgery

Jul 23, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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Why does this keep happening to Dallas? Last year it was Devin Harris, who agreed to a deal with the Mavericks but never got to sign it because a physical showed he needed foot surgery. (That deal was re-worked and he signed with the team, then re-signed this summer).

This year it was 35-year-old Rashard Lewis, who signed his deal with the Mavericks then it was discovered he needs knee surgery.

The Mavericks decided to void Lewis’ contract and waived him, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The standard NBA contract allows a team to void a contract if said player fails a physical within three days of signing and the team gets back to the player within another three days. Dallas met those guidelines.

The Mavericks were hoping that the additions of Lewis and Richard Jefferson would give a nice starting five (or nice starting four and Raymond Felton, if you ask Knicks fans) some veteran help off the bench. Now Dallas will be looking to replace that help in a depleted market.

  1. grantgoodman93 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Damn. Rashard would’ve been a good stretch 3-4 for Devin/Monta/Chandler to kick to off the drive. We’ll find someone else (hopefully)

  2. bostonian13 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Blatche?? He maybe can’t hit the three but can hit his outside shots – though I think he may be more expensive than Lewis.

    • muhangis - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      The amount of thumbs down your comment received, shows how clueless so many NBA fans are. Blatche is a great player! He just doesn’t get the credit. I get dumbfounded

    • muhangis - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      And his numbers prove it.

  3. ravenswhat - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Are we sure they didn’t void it because of ridiculous it was to pay him that much?

    • wlubake - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      They paid him the minimum.

      • muhangis - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        still too much in my opinion for Rashard. But that’s just me…

  4. jcrileyesq - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    cavs on line one

  5. sonnysuave - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    You would think that teams would perform physicals BEFORE offering contracts… smh.

    • spursareold - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Not to mention that this is the second summer in a row that Dallas apparently didn’t do their due diligence on a player. Last year it was Devin Harris, who had a bad toe and had his four year contract scuttled, and replaced with a one year deal.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        I guess reading isn’t important to you. From the second sentence of the article:

        “Last year it was Devin Harris, who agreed to a deal with the Mavericks but never got to sign it because a PHYSICAL showed he needed foot surgery.”

  6. saint1997 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    God these past few articles really want me to do a lot of asking of Knicks fans

  7. BrownsTown - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Time to get back on the PEDs.

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