Mavs Void Deal for Rashard Lewis Over Knee Issue

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    Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis (9) goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics forward Shavlik Randolph during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    The Dallas Mavericks have voided the contract of Rashard Lewis because the free agent forward needs surgery on his right knee.

    President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Wednesday the team discovered the need for surgery during a physical. Lewis had signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.

    In a statement, Nelson said the following Wednesday:

    “It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis's physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery and continued success in his remarkable career.”

    The 34-year-old Lewis spent the past two seasons mostly coming off the bench in Miami. He averaged 4.5 points last season. He was expected to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward.

    Lewis has played 16 seasons since skipping college to enter the draft and going 32nd overall to Seattle in 1998. He has career averages of 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds.