Rashard Lewis

NBA GM on Kobe’s market value in trade: ‘Zero.’


Kobe Bryant is under contract with the Lakers for two more seasons and $48.5 million, a deal which he and the team were both widely criticized for agreeing to under the circumstances.

The thinking was that Bryant should have taken a far more substantial discount in the twilight of his career, in order for the team to have the cap space necessary to add enough talent around him so that L.A. could compete for a title in one of his final two years.

Instead, the Lakers repaid Bryant for his past contributions more than they did extend him for what his current market value would be. There is no scenario where L.A. would consider trading Bryant, and no scenario where he would want that to happen. But in the event something were to unexpectedly (and drastically) change between now and when Bryant chooses to retire, at least one GM believes that the Lakers wouldn’t have too many options.

From Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated:

Seven months after he ruptured his left Achilles ­tendon—and three weeks before he fractured his left ­kneecap—Bryant­ signed a $48.5 million, two-year deal. The contract, widely derided as the worst in the game, makes Bryant nearly impossible to move, even were the Lakers to try. Asked about Kobe’s value on the market, one GM answers definitively: “Zero. Look at that number. Who takes him?”

This is by design, of course. It ensures that Bryant accomplishes something very few pro athletes have: playing an entire career with one team. Bryant’s plan is to retire in two years, though he says he reserves the right to change his mind. Thus one of the game’s greatest players and one of its two fiercest ­competitors—Michael­ Jordan being the ­other—will likely exit the league laboring for an undermanned squad in a stacked conference.

This seems somewhat obvious, but you really can never say never.

There have been plenty of contracts far worse than Bryant’s that have been traded over the years (the Rashard Lewis for Gilbert Arenas deal comes to mind), and when you consider that Bryant’s is a deal that expires after next season, which would be of value to a team trying to rebuild by clearing space on the roster, it’s certainly not impossible to envision.

Except, of course, for the fact that neither Bryant nor the Lakers will ever even consider it.

Mavericks may consider signing Rashard Lewis after his knee surgery


The Mavericks initially agreed to a free agent deal with Rashard Lewis, a one-year minimum salary contract that seemed to be agreeable for both sides.

But then, after the contract was signed, it was discovered (or at least, it was revealed) that Lewis would require knee surgery.

Not cool, the Mavericks decided, so they voided the contract and wished Lewis nothing but the best.

Once the dust settles, however, and the extent of the injury and its recovery time are understood, Dallas may in fact revisit Lewis as an option for next season’s roster.

From Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram:

Nelson said the #Mavs may consider signing Rashard Lewis after his knee surgery. Mavs took 1-yr, $1.4 million deal for Lewis off the table.

That would be Donnie Nelson, Mavericks president of basketball operations.

It was an obvious decision to void the initial contract, especially considering the way the team found out about the need for surgery after the fact, along with not knowing the extent of just how available Lewis will be to play next season.

But if Lewis can be of any assistance once he’s fully healed, it would make just as much sense for Dallas to circle back and sign him once again — just the way the team did when a very similar situation occurred with Devin Harris last summer.

Mavericks signing Al-Farouq Aminu to two-year, minimum salary contract


The Mavericks thought they had their forward addition in Rashard Lewis.

But Lewis failed his physical, and Dallas voided his contract.

It didn’t take the Mavericks long to sign their backup choice – Al-Farouq Aminu, the former Pelican who might actually be better than Lewis.

Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest:

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

As long as they’re still signing Jameer Nelson for the full room exception, the Mavericks could offer Aminu just a minimum salary – $981,084 this year and $1,100,602 next.

That’s excellent value for the 23-year-old.

Aminu is an exceptional rebounder for a small forward and solid defender, though his big-man-like game also extends to offense. He’s a poor perimeter shooter and his ball-handling is suspect, but I trust Rick Carlisle to use him well. Best of all, Aminu doesn’t try to do too much.

I thought Aminu could have gotten more on the open market, but if not, the Mavericks are a good fit for him – and he should help them, too. Don’t be surprised to see him opt out next summer and get a bigger contract after both sides help each other this season.

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


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.

Rashard Lewis, after signing with Mavericks, having knee surgery


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.