Basketball / Sports

Mavericks void Rashard Lewis' contract

DALLAS -- For the second consecutive year, the Dallas Mavericks have pulled a contract off the table after discovering a player had an injury.

The Mavericks voided the contract of newly acquired forward Rashard Lewis on Wednesday when they found out Lewis needs to undergo surgery on his right knee. A 16-year veteran who turns 35 on Aug. 8, Lewis signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Mavericks last Saturday to be the backup to forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons.

Lewis is back on the streets in search of a job -- after surgery.

The Mavericks moved quickly in rescinding Lewis' contract, especially since they are unable to determine how long he'll be sidelined.

"It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis' physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee," Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks' president of basketball operations, said in a statement. "We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery and continued success in his remarkable career.''

Lewis averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game this past season for the Miami Heat. He also helped Miami win the 2013 NBA title.

Wednesday's move sounds eerily familiar to a year ago when free agent guard Devin Harris agreed to sign a three-year, $9 million contract with the Mavericks. But before Harris could sign the contract, the Mavericks discovered he needed toe surgery on his left foot.

Thus, the Mavericks took the verbal agreement off the table. Following surgery, Harris signed a one-year deal with Dallas on July 31 for $1.3 million.

However, the toe injury turned into a financial windfall for Harris, who signed a four-year, $16.55 free agent million contract with the Mavericks last week.

With the parting of Lewis, the Mavericks have 12 players with guaranteed contracts and have three roster spots available. They have the $2.73 million room exception and two veteran minimum contracts to offer players.

Free agent point guard Jameer Nelson will interview with the Mavericks in Dallas on Thursday. The Mavericks continue in talks with representatives of free agent guard Mo Williams.

There's also a "long shot,'' according to Nelson, that free agent forward Shawn Marion will re-sign with the Mavericks, the team he's played with for the past five seasons.

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