I've been hearing that the Heat are interested in bringing in Rashard Lewis for the league minimum, but I wonder if the Heat should even bother.
Positives for Rashard Lewis are he can spot up shoot into 3 point range and he's tall. Negatives for Lewis: poor defense, doesn't rebound well (his career high in a season was 7 rpg that was 2001-02).
He doesn't seem like a player that fits in with the Heat's system, but maybe for the league minimum the Heat are more than willing to bring in a guy who can knock some threes down
"bringing in Rashard Lewis for the league minimum"
To be honest, NO. James Jones is similar and barely gets playing time as is. Use that money towards a legitimate big man who is more of an enforcer rather than another guy who will probably be the 11th or 12th man.
I think it's simply for depth and shooting ability. I mean, can you imagine when Wade sits out and you have a team of Chalmers-Allen-James-Lewis-Bosh in? The floor is extremely well spread out with lights-out shooters and one of the better shooting bigs of the last 10 years along with the greatest 3pt shooter of all time.
If they bring in Lewis, it's simply for depth though. Haslem could play some back-up center and Rashard can play some back-up power/small forward to give Bosh, LeBron, and Battier a rest.
He wouldn't average more than 7 PPG though. He's good for the occasional three-ball and 6 fouls at this point of his career.
I think he is a good fit for the Heat. LeBron and the Heat's outstanding team defense can mask some of his weaknesses on the defensive end. He could really add floor spacing for the Heat. A Wade, Allen, James, Lewis, Bosh lineup could be dynamite on the offensive end. If the Heat could get both him and Camby, they would be the early Finals favorite in my opinion.
how can you say NO?
...we have eddy curry and juwan howard.
Why not? At the minimum, it's not like it's a contract that is going to haunt you. Worst case you cut him if he is a problem during the year or if he is ineffective, he's a cheap bench player that can sit. Their capspace is probably all gone unless they amnesty someone or trade to a team with cap space after the ray allen deal. These teams with all the high paid players don't have a lot of choices to begin with. I have never been a Lewis fan, but James Jones at his best was never as good as Lewis and if I remember correctly, he was about to retire prior to last year so probably considering the same this year, plus Miller would likely retire as well if the back issues can't be sorted out.
I think Miami is likely to run a lot of small lineups out this year. Maybe not quite as much as they did in the playoffs, until the playoffs start back, but I think that their best lineups will be smaller. In this current NBA you don't have to be some bruising team to win it all, especially when most teams have such low skill in the post.
Good spot up 3-pointer shooter at 6'10 gives you some versatility he can play the 3-4 spots so for the league minimum I say yes
1 of Miami's biggest weaknesses that they havent dressed yet, is a need for a dominant rebounder..Forget Lewis and go after Camby....They just signed Ray Allen for his outside shooting ability,Battier should feel disrepected if they bring in another shooter...
Or is it based on real values? If real, and you say you want to sign some free agents, then they have Allen...and the next FA they need to bag is Camby. After that, if they can still sign someone else, absolutely sign Lewis. Look, somebody has to give up their roster spot, Eddy Curry being the first to go to make room of someone with some worth.
James Jones didnt get much playing time while Wade was healthy, but he did get some run when Wade was injured earlier in the season and last year. Still, as little as I believe Lewis to have left, he still is better than James Jones...perhaps.
We still dont have confirmation that Miller or Jones will return or retire...if one of them does, then yes, get Lewis. My theory concerning the Heat is, the more shooters you surround LBJ and Wade with the better.
If they want to get a veteran forward chasing a ring the Heat should try to get Elton Brand if they can. He would give them a much-needed low post scorer and another rebounder.
They don't really need Rashard Lewis with Ray Allen, Mike Miller, and James Jones on the roster.
I doubt the Heat could get Brand although he would be a good pick-up. I'd be surprised if someone doesn't pick him up via waivers.
I think the lakers would be a great fit for rashard. with nash in town they need more shooters and lewis cn stretch the floor. Not to mention metta right now is their only sf
no, stick a fork in Rashard Lewis, he's done...
He seems to lost a lot but league minimum isn't a big gamble and they have plenty of roster spots to fill.
Also sometimes aging vets are motivated to get a ring and play hard.
Would be good insurance if Mike Miller retires or is hurt again.
Also Lewis is what 6'10" they could use some length.
i wouldnt sign lewis with a ten foot pole
lewis wont sign with heat hes not gonna go from pretty much max money to the veterans minimum. if the heat could get hime why not add another shooter for low money
Absolutely. He's a bigger better version of James Jones who can play some 4.
If he's cheap, why wouldn't you? Another verteran who can come off the bench at times and be deadly? Somewhere Lebron is smiling right now.
If Miami isn't going to get a space-eater then their next best option is to bring in Lew...especially for the vets minimum
As a Wiz fan who's had the chance to watch him, I really don't think he adds anything of value to a team. He's had a bum knee the last two yrs, and his 3 pt shot hasn't been very good the last two yrs. And he displays poor effort. Maybe if he gets healthy in the offseason.
when you had a guy whose potential was unlimited on a 20m+ contract with no teammate issues at the league minimum.. why not? worst that can happen is he stinks and you can cut em
Didnt Rashard smash LeBron's girl Savannah? I think I remember hearing something about that, could be mistaken.