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

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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.