UPDATE 6:11 pm: According to Brian Windhorst at ESPN this is a two-year deal worth $2.8 million. Other reports have suggested the second year of the deal is a player option.
Not expensive. Still not a huge risk. But in that second year if he doesn’t pan out the Heat could have really used that roster slot for someone else. We will see.
UPDATE 5:06 pm: All sorts of reports came flying in after we posted this that the deal is more than just close, it’s agreed to. Marc Spears of Yahoo reports this as a two year deal, but I have to think the second year is a team option. If it’s not the Heat really are making a mistake. One year at the veteran’s minimum is a no-risk move for the Heat, two is a mistake.
4:52 pm: How much does Rashard Lewis have in the tank?
The Miami Heat appear willing to pay the veteran’s minimum to see if the quinticential stretch four still has a few three balls left, tweets Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.
People I’ve talked to today believe it’s very likely Rashard Lewis will end up in Miami for the $1.35 million veteran’s minimum.
The two sides have been meeting and there is a fit. Seriously. I saw you just roll your eyes, but you need to make a distinction between Rashard Lewis the guy with the worst contract in the league and Rashard Lewis the player. He is not worth near the $22.7 million he was to get paid for next season, which is why the Hornets bought him out (after trading for him). He wasn’t worth the $13.7 million buyout either but they saved $9 mil.
But that is different than saying he is a bad player. The questions are is he healthy and can he regain his form? This is a career 38.8 percent shooter from three who fell off to 23 percent last season, while he was battling knee injuries. He plays a smart game, if he’s back he can help a team. Not star, but help.
If healthy and able to get up and down the court for 15 minutes a night, he becomes another guy who can come off the bench in Miami and knock down threes. Which is good fro them and bad for everyone else. One year at the vets minimum is not a big risk for Miami.
Lewis also had talks with the Knicks and Hawks before working out the South Beach deal.