NBA Free Agency: Rashard Lewis Gives Dallas Mavericks Another Offensive Weapon
Rashard Lewis was a player that some people might not have known was still in the NBA just a couple of years ago. Since his rise to prominence with the Orlando Magic, Lewis was given a six-year, $118 million contract that eventually only served as an albatross on team’s salary caps until that deal was bought out in 2012. The days of Lewis as a relevant player seemed a distant memory.
Then Lewis signed with the Miami Heat on a small two-year deal in 2012 after being waived and bought out not long before. For his time with the Heat, Erik Spoelstra talked about how he could be a factor alongside the Big Three. He became just that last season as he somewhat filled in the role that Mike Miller left behind as a perimeter threat offensively. As we all know, though, the Heat and Lewis ultimately fell short of another title in 2014.
As the Heat began to fry bigger fish than Lewis, the 16-year veteran became a free agent. That’s no longer the case, though, as 34-year-old agreed to a one-year deal with the busy Dallas Mavericks late on Tuesday night. Lewis joins Chandler Parsons in the Mavs’ free agency ploys as well as Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton who arrived via trade this offseason.
Lewis played a mere 16.2 minutes per game last year in Miami, but was solid. He put up 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and one assist per game in that time while shooting 34.3 percent from three. He picked up that production in 17.7 minutes per game in the playoffs as he put up 5.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 37.3 percent from the floor.
Lewis isn’t the 18-5 player that he was earlier in his career, but he still has value as a bigger forward who can stretch the floor. Playing behind Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki, Lewis could be an offensive threat off of the bench for Dallas. More importantly, he’s another offensive weapon for a team that’s now bursting with them.
Even at an advanced age, Dirk can still get the job done exceptionally well on the offensive end. On the more youthful side, Parsons is a fantastic young offensive talent that can score in a variety of ways. Throw in the seemingly tamed Monta Ellis, the talents of Devin Harris, and other possible free agents yet to be signed by the Mavericks and it’s clear this team is going to put up some ridiculous offensive numbers and be able to fill it up from long-range.
Who knows how their defense will perform or how far this team could go, but Lewis is a great addition to a fantastic offensive arsenal that the Mavericks have compiled.