After a brief trip home to Houston, Rashard Lewis will return for a six-week stay with hopes of arriving in peak shape for Miami Heat training camp in late September.
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MIAMI, Fla. — The Heat beat Seattle’s former team in the NBA Finals.
It spent much of Sunday trying to reunite two of the Sonics’ former players on its roster
A contingent led by Heat President Pat Riley entertained Rashard Lewis — who played with Ray Allen for four-plus seasons before the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder — in an attempt to convince him to take the minimum salary.
Miami did so with the knowledge that Lewis, who turns 33 in August, has collected more than $150 million over the course of his career and has expressed an interest in playing for a contender.
Lewis did not come to a decision as of late Sunday night and is expected to consider other options — notably the Hawks and Knicks — this week.
If Lewis ultimately joins the Heat, it will continue the Heat’s deep dive into “small ball,” with Lewis more of a finesse power forward known for his shooting prowess. While he is listed at 6-feet-10, his career rebounding rate per 36 minutes — a standard way of measuring that statistic — is just 5.9. Last season, that would have ranked just ahead of Dwyane Wade and behind LeBron James and Mike Miller, among others. Udonis Haslem led the Heat’s regular rotation players at 10.6.
Marcus Camby, a Heat target to shore up its center position, met with the Knicks on Sunday and is being pursued by the Nets and Clippers, among others. Camby has no interest in the minimum, but Riley would have to work out a sign-and-trade with Houston to get him more money, which currently looks like a long shot.
Other perimeter options keep coming available and could provide insurance if Miller has back surgery and doesn’t quickly return. Miller spent the weekend in Las Vegas tending to his Mixed Martial Arts business interests and has not yet gone under the knife.
Raja Bell, who attended Florida International University and has long expressed an interest in joining the Heat if the circumstances were right, worked out a buyout with Utah — and reportedly wants to fully explore the Heat situation.
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