With LeBron James' departure from the Miami Heat quite rightly dominating the headlines over the NBA offseason this summer, the exit of another 2013 title winner in Rashard Lewis drew little attention outside of South Florida.
Lewis left the Heat franchise after two seasons and was expected to sign a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. But after failing a physical last month that move appears to be well and truly off the table.
And with his hopes of playing for a fifth NBA franchise dashed by injury it seems, according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson at least, that Rashard Lewis is angling for a return to the Miami Heat fold for next season.
As per Jackson's report Friday:
"Rashard Lewis, whose Dallas contract was voided because of knee surgery, conveyed to the Heat that he would love to return here, but Miami already signed Shawne Williams for that role (backup stretch power forward).
"Williams essentially has had only one good season (2010-11 with the Knicks) but performed well in offseason workouts."
Lewis for the Heat
Whilst he wasn't exactly a stand out figure for the Heat, at the ripe old age of 35 Lewis did perform admirably when called upon during the 2014 postseason and his off field role as an experienced NBA veteran with two All-Star appearances to his name cannot be underestimated.
Lewis wasn't seen often by the Heat faithful during the 2013-14 regular-season, starting just six games and making 60 appearances in total.
The forward saw his game time ramped up during the postseason however with a run of eight straight starts leading up to and including the NBA Finals for Lewis. In that time he proved he still had the knack for scoring with five straight double digit games.
Would they take him back?
It remains to be seen as to whether the Miami franchise are willing to offer any sort of deal to Lewis ahead of the 2014 season however, especially considering their apparent contentment with new addition Shawne Williams who has been brought into training camp.
Having said that there is little to choose between Williams and Lewis at this stage in their careers and with the Heat simply looking for an effective stretch four option from the bench as they prepare for post-LeBron life perhaps Lewis would have the advantage in as much as he is already familiar with the organization.
As he seeks to prolong his NBA career Rashard Lewis will simply be hoping the Miami Heat give him a chance to earn a deal after suffering the heartbreak of a failed physical earlier this summer.
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