After signing Ray Allen recently, the Miami Heat continue to add more shooters who are dangerous from behind-the-arc by adding veteran forward Rashard Lewis, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst.
Lewis was signed to a two-year deal worth about $3 million. The 6-10, 32-year-old has been playing for quite a while (14 years), having the mileage catching up to him as he went to the NBA straight out of high school in 1998. He had several solid seasons and was a star in Seattle and Orlando until his production slowly started dripping.
Lewis has since then struggled in his last two seasons, playing with the Washington Wizards. He was traded a few weeks ago to the New Orleans Hornets before the draft, but his contract was then bought out.
Lewis joins his ex-teammate in Allen, as both could only make it as far as the second round in the playoffs together. Now both can contend for a championship, as Allen aims for his second ring. Lewis plans to go for his first, as he came close in 2009 when he lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals as a member of the Magic.
Lewis became the Heat’s top priority after they lost out on veteran center Marcus Camby to the New York Knicks via a sign-and-trade.
Miami is going to be very dangerous from behind-the-arc and Lewis can definitely help in that department along with Mike Miller, Allen, Shane Battier, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and James Jones. He can also help rebound as he plays the PF position.
As it looks like right now, the Heat’s roster is starting to look like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and an army of three-point shooters.
Also, who could forget Eddy Curry?