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Update: Dallas Mavericks void new contract for Rashard Lewis

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The Heat had renounced the rights to the veteran earlier Tuesday.

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The Miami Heat have quickly reshaped their roster since Friday's turn of events but one key member of last year's squad is also moving on.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Rashard Lewis is signing a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to his agent Colin Bryant.

"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.