"Rashard made a difficult decision to join Dallas after two memorable seasons in Miami," Bryant told Yahoo Sports. "He would like to thank [Heat owners] Micky Arison, [executives] Pat Riley, Andy Elisburg and the entire Heat organization. He will always consider them family and champions.
"After talking to [Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle, he felt a comfort level with the Mavericks. He's excited to join another championship organization."
Lewis reportedly will be signing at the veteran's minimum to back up Dirk Nowitzki and it's a nice signing for the Mavs, but fresh blood needs to be infused into next season's Heat squad and there are already several players returning in addition to rookies Shabazz Napier and James Ennis.
In order to officially sign Mario Chalmers, Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade, among others, the Heat had to renounce the rights to several players earlier Tuesday, including Lewis.
With the news that Lewis will need surgery for his knee, the Mavs will not be keeping the former Heat forward.
His agent, Colin Bryant, had told Marc J. Spears that "Rashard discovered he needs a medical procedure on his right knee to ensure he functions at a high level this season. We look forward to (Lewis) getting this behind him as soon as possible so he can continue his stellar NBA career."
The Mavs had the right to void his contract if he failed his physical within three days of his signing.
The Mavericks have voided forward Rashard Lewis' one-year contract after finding out he needed knee surgery in his physical, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 23, 2014
Mavs Donnie Nelson didn't reveal Lewis was waived in statement,but said:"We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery & continued success"— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 23, 2014