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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at 5:50 pm  |  70 responses

Rashard Lewis Agrees to 2-Year Deal With Heat


According to ESPN, the Heat have signed free-agent forward Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen’s former Seattle teammate. Lewis’ deal is reportedly for two years at the veteran’s minimum: “The Miami Heat have added another veteran player at a discount. Forward Rashard Lewis has agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million deal, sources told ESPN.com. Lewis had other suitors and might’ve been able to get a higher offer elsewhere but was sold on a role with the defending champions after meeting with team president Pat Riley on Sunday in Miami. He became the Heat’s top priority when free-agent center Marcus Camby agreed to a sign-and-trade to go to the New York Knicks.”

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  • Amos

    Pat Riley is the man. Camby is lucky he canceled is meeting with the heat or else Riley would have made him one of them. damn son

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Fukcing A. Just kill me.

  • lbjcp3

    this team will be unstopabble experience, youth, best two players in the world top 5 power forward best pure shooter in the league and now a deadly strecth 4 give them the ring

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Wow.

  • Jono

    sh!t just got real

  • Ivan Tokarev

    Are you kidding me!

  • Tyquez Foster

    they got 3 point kings ray,shane,lewis,mario,/?miller,jones if they dont retire

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Don’t get it, I think he sucks I love this.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Heat have no excuses to not absolutely destroy the league.

  • markorsomething

    I never felt any hate towards the Heat or Lebron, but adding all of these players like Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis will only make things easy for them. Props to Pat Riley, but what the hell. It’s almost becoming a monopoly. It will definitely hurt Lebron’s legacy. what the f*ck.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Oh wow 2-year 2 mill? But again, why is everyone in awe? This guy has always messed it up, I hope he gets play time.

  • cheema

    rashard lewis is doodoo, just a waste for cap. this guy can`t play in the league, has done nothing since first season in orlando

  • http://slamonline.com rr

    llllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeetttttttttttttttssssssssss ggggggooooooooooooooo hhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeaaaaaattttttt!!!!!

  • jub_al

    @markorsomething

    I don’t think it was easy for the Heat this year, they were one game away from elimination against a short handed Celtics squad that was deemed too old to do jack… and the Finals could have gone to 6 or 7 games with a couple of stops and bounces…

    and i don’t think it automatically makes it easier for the Heat now..they’re adding individuals and it doesn’t guarantee that they will be a great team.. i’d caution anybody, Heat fan or not, to hand them their 2nd, & 3rd rings just yet…

  • Shifty

    Wtf……….. You know what rashard Lewis can still play regardless of what people think. I think his situation has affected his play but he is a decent player. Can’t believe the heat hot him for 2 mil, this is rediculous.

  • jub_al

    i guess that takes the Heat off GHill’s short list? phew! it’d be tough to have to root for him in a Heat jersey..

  • Eddie LOmax

    How long (I see some of you have already started) until “fans” of this great game start to hurl insults at Rashard Lewis for signing with the Heat. I was gobsmacked (yes I just typed “gobsmacked”) when I read the venom that people were writing about Ray Allen when it was released that he was signing with the Heat. I honestly have not seen such hatred for a team since the old “bad Boy” Piston teams of the 80′s. Ray Ray was lauded for his skills, professionalism and hard work 12 months ago, then he dons the red & black and all of the sudden he’s a traitor who let the Celtics down and was the reason they lost in the play offs. Let’s hear now about how Rashard Lewis was the reason the Wiz were so terrible. LeBrons legacy SMH, I don’t hear much about the Lakers picking up Nash (and Pau back in the day) for 2 x 50 cents lolly bags and a date with a Laker girl. People please!

  • Fresh Boirdee

    Cats want them rings!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    @eddie you’re an idiot. Kobe has 5 rings. Plus it’s only a super old Steve Nash. Ray Allen left a team that gave him more money and a no trade clause, you need to hop off the bandwagon.

  • lakeshow

    heat still need a big man

  • Fresh Boirdee

    Where you at Chicago!?!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    hey, Miami can shoot with anyone. But they still can’t stop a Center. Fun.

  • fish sticks

    @Eddie exactly. Ray left a team that tried to trade him pretty much ever since he joined them. I can’t remember his name not in trade rumours around the deadline, for everything from rodney stuckey to oj mayo to whoever. He was dicked around year after year, and handled it all with class.

  • Mvpitzki

    It takes 1 Dirk to take down da heat

  • monkeyball

    I’m not sure how it hurts Lebron’s legacy to play on a loaded team. Didn’t Russell, Magic and Bird (top five ever players) play on loaded teams? Having said that, Ray is old and injury-prone, and Lewis is not THAT great a shooter. Having said THAT: Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Lewis is now (on paper) the best five-man unit in the L.

  • lbjcp3

    bosh can play center the only center that are threats are bynum and dwight other then that i dont see any center destroying miami

  • kevin

    they should trade bosh, ray, n lewis for nowitzki

  • B.C.

    Might as well hand them the championship.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Those guys played with players already established.

  • T-Money

    Nbk- whos going to hurt them at center? They havent had any issues with bynum, theyve dealt with hibbert. Dwight? Thats about it.

  • T-Money

    Lbjcp3- the dirtysecret with bynum is that he is absolutely clueless about double teams. Miami just swarms him and lets him make bad decisions.

  • MIAMI Homer

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  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    T-Money with the double truth.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/10/nfl-players-advice-to-lebron-james-stick-to-basketball/ shutup

    wow. don’t really like Lewis but guys that can space the floor and let Bron and Wade work are just what they need.

  • http://averysmith.pro Avery

    The Heat = Oligarchy.

  • Ldub

    @lbjcp3 Bosh is not a center and any center puts in work on him. He is a 4 and needs to stay there. I like the addition of Ray. Not so sure about the addition of Lewis. Hard to say when his #s have dropped considerably ever since he was suspended for the illegal drug issue. And to clarify….”on paper” damn near any squad in the L today with the addition of Wade and LBJ are the best lineup in the L. They (unlike Kobe) make their teammates better. They (Wade and James) actually trust their teammates and will pass the ball to the open man. Excited for tipoff 2012-2013 season.

  • Trilla

    If I were the Heat I would go after a player like Joel Pryzbilla.

  • lbjcp3

    bosh can play center though he played it basicly the entire playoff run but rashard will be playing hard with lebron and wade there miami dont need a center to win they proved it bosh can play the 5 lewis the 4 it will work well

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I can’t remember the last time I saw Shard consistently hit threes. Oh yeah, the year before he got popped for those performance enhancing drugs.

  • kh

    whoa!

  • Ldub

    He played center because the Heat dont have a productive center. Thats why Turiaf and Anthony got little to no PT. Bosh is a 4. Plain and simple. Its not about “needing” a center to win. But it gives you the complete team and makes it much easier. Wade and Lebrons talent/skill set allow them to somewhat mask/overshadow the 5 spot. But the Heat do need a center. Not necessarily a star…but someone that can blocks shots and get you 10 and 8 consistently.

  • T-Money

    Ldub – Simple question, how ould that benefit the Heat?

  • Bravo

    Wow Miami is looking like the team to beat now since they finnaly got some bench players hahahaha

  • Jose

    Well they managed to win the Title without a true center, so i don’t think lacking a big man hurts them greatly. . . I kinda wish we had gotten Camby instead of Lewis but what can you do. . hope Lewis can turn things around

  • KC

    Rashard is a good sootier and nothing more. Lets not act like this is unfair. The Guys has been getting dumped by teams left and right. He could fill a nice role for the heat but he won’t make or break them winning the title. He is a role player at this point and so is ray. The heat aren’t getting these guy’s in their prime. With that said, both moves are good and the champs should be improved next year.

  • LA Huey

    Yeah, Miami’s still subpar at the pivot but some of y’all are acting like Centeraceous period didn’t end with the retirement of Yao and Shaq. Either that, or you just underestimate Miami’s ability to swarm and recover from the wing positions.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I never said what centers would/could beat them. Just that one could. Like one in Brooklyn or LA. Not that they will. But they certainly can.

  • Louis Rinn

    The Miami Heat would have had a very good chance at winning the Finals again in 12-13 even if they had the same healthy crew they had in 11-12. But with Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller, and Shane Battier stretching the floor, Mario Chalmers maturing his game to become an All-Star point guard, Dwayne Wade and Lebron James with their otherworldly play-making ability, and Chris Bosh down low…another championship, if not more for the Heat, is and are inevitable.

  • B.C.

    @Louis Rinn, you must be on drugs if you think Mario Chalmers will ever be an All-Star point guard.

  • kb

    To the people comparing Steve Nash’s trade to Ray Allen’s trade. Steve Nash played his heart out for the Suns only to never get where he really wanted. A true hall of famer such as him, who was completely loyal to Phoenix saying that he would only leave if that was what the Suns wanted to do, deserved to go anywhere he liked, even if it is the Lakers. I’m a die-hard Celtics fan and it’s really saddening to see Ray go to a team that we’ve been rivals against for the last 4 seasons. Just not too long ago, not even 2 months yet, the C’s were in tight game 7 for a trip to the finals, and that’s where you go to?!! Really? You really wanted a second ring over your legacy? That goes for Lebron and Ray. I was really rooting for Ray when he came back from his injury and through his bad play in the playoffs, but I damn near hope he never makes a three pointer again (meh…. wishful thinking).

  • L Dribble

    “Mario Chalmers maturing his game to become an All-Star point guard”. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Good joke.

  • Kevin

    Remember when he got a max contract from Orlando? Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Man, Miami is ready to defend their championship. Lots of hate for Miami since they signed Ray. I’m no Heat fan, but I don’t get all the criticism. Guess fans around the NBA are starting to fear the Heat. Either way, good for them. Miami looks like they got some quality signings, especially getting Allen cheap-er. Is Eddy Curry still gonna be with the Heat? Maybe with a full offseason under his belt, he can actually contribute this year. Looking interesting.

  • Marc

    What a shame!! 2-year, $2.8 million deal. And the low cost deal with Ray Allen. And their original big three taking less money to play together. What’s next? Unfair competition. Nash signs with the Lakers, yes, but he took his money. Can you imagine Kobe reducing his salary at 60% to sign better players? I can’t respect winning that way Lebron. Miami is a shame.

  • EJ

    What was the purpose of the lockout again?

  • iknowmybasketball

    @Marc i know for a fact that if any of these quality vets or FA’s would have signed to any other contender for less money, LA being the most prominent example in my mind – you would have no problem with Kobe “winning in that way”. Because its LeBron and Miami, you have a problem and why? In reality, there is no difference. Give credit to Pat Riley for enticing quality players to help defend their title. I’m sorry but I find your comment very ignorant and bitter.

  • disappointednbafan

    Howard should take his talent in South Beach too. To end his Undecided DwightMARE Drama thing. Money is nothing if you got ring thing is now in. Degdrading…. SHAME on THEM!

  • http://Www.twitter.com/StarksIsAWESOME Starks

    Here’s is the thing that people kill me about how does it make a player a traitor for being a free agent and sign where he wants ray Allen time was up no one had a problem when he was talking about joining the clippers rashard Lewis got brought out of his contract and now he a traitor to the hornets lmao he never played a game for them I can tell who have been watching basketball for a min because do people look at John salley a traitor to the pistons for winning championships with the bulls plus that’s what vets do at the end of their careers try to go get them a ring before their career is over

  • smoove

    Betty White just joined the heat.

  • pposse

    are the heat still trying to get greg oden?

  • Vince

    at least he’s not overpaid this time hahaha

  • Marc

    @iknowmybasketball. It will be equal unfair: I’m not a Laker fan, just a basketball fan. Look Nash sign for 27 millions / 3 years. Lewis 2-year, $2.8 million deal. Ray Allen 9.5 / 3 years. Lebron will cash next year only 17 millions. The same for Wade and Bosh. Bosh has similar salary than Lebron… Battier 3 millions. Now look the salaries of the Lakers, for example, and other players in the league at that level. Miami is unique (we can also talk about taxes). Lebron, Wade and Bosh decided to take less money to play together IN HIS PRIME. The same Ray Allen that was asking 9 millions to Celtics. I’m sorry too but I can’t respect that. Kobe and Gasol has good endorsements. Imagine that Kobe and Pau take the same salaries than Lebron and cia. Then the Lakers will have 13 millions extra to spending. Enough to have taken Jason Tarry, Ray Allen, Camby… etc. Can you imagine the reply of the league? I can’t imagine MJ playing with all that talent.

  • Wiri Nz

    ^ lol

  • flippity

    @Marc…you make no sense. It’s called paying a price to win. Not enough people are willing to make that sacrifice. It’s something to look up to not look down on.

  • Valkyrie

    Marc, MJ won championships with TWO HALL OF FAMERS. Bosh isn’t a Hall of Fame caliber player. MJ played with the best perimeter defender of all-time, plus one of the top rebounders of that era. I’m betting you aren’t old enough to have watched the Bulls win. His teams were extremely talented. There is a reason the ’96 championship squad holds the best record in NBA history. This Miami Heat team is nowhere near as talented as that squad after Lebron.

  • Marc

    1) Sacrifice? Look their career earnings (in millions) without endorsements: Ray Allen $178.0, Rashard Lewis $138.9. There is not sacrifice now. They will earn more money next year than cheerleaders…

    2) I know very well the Bulls 90′. I began to watch NBA at 80′. For me Lebron has better global talent around that MJ with the last Bulls. Pippen was a monster but Wade is also one of best talents of his era. He has won a championship in his own with and aging O’Neal. Lebron can’t. I will choose Pippen instead. Rodman was the best rebounder and defender of his era. But Bosh is a player that before to sign with Miami was putting 24 points 10.8 rebounds and 3 assist in this league. Not bad at all. But the difference is with the rest of players of both teams. Well, the difference was MJ and a league with no teams with real big 3 o big 4.

  • iknowmybasketball

    @Marc I’m throwing in the towel. There’s no point in arguing over a lost cause.

  • http://Comcast Jam

    Um…I think Marc was being sarcastic with his remarks about SuperStars, agreeing to accept less money for the sake of getting better players and creating a Role Model for the league. While making the statement about wining, being the most important goal. This of course go’s along with complete and utter team solidarity and is the complete opposite of “Selfish”, which has been the trademark of Pro Sports, for quite some time now!

  • flippity

    @iknowmybasketball…Marc’s in his own world.

  • iknowmybasketball

    @flippity not sure if Marc is an angry fan, or a just a slamonline troll…

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