Heat eye Lewis after landing Allen
When former Boston sharpshooter Ray Allen agreed to join the league champion Miami Heat on Friday, non-Heat fans everywhere complained that it was a classic case of the rich getting richer.
The 10-time All-Star and all-time three-point champion will take less money and more heat because of his decision to join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh & Co. on South Beach. And as if Miami's embarrassment of riches wasn't enough already, the Heat may be on the verge of even greater roster wealth.
The agent for free agent small forward Rashard Lewis, Tony Dutt, confirmed reports that Lewis is scheduled to visit Miami on Sunday, and the Heat appear to have as good a chance as anybody to land the 32-year-old, two-time All-Star who has averaged 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in his 14-year career. Dutt said Lewis, who was traded from Washington to New Orleans on June 20 and bought out by the Hornets on June 30, may also visit Atlanta and New York. San Antonio is also believed to be in the mix as well.
As was the case with Allen, Lewis has made more than enough money over the course of his career to make the pursuit of a championship more important than the size of the check. And whereas Allen won a title with Boston in 2008, Lewis has never won one.
While Lewis was sent from Seattle to Orlando in a July 2007 sign-and-trade that landed him a six-year, $118 million deal, he would have to play for the veteran's minimum contract ($1.35 million annually) in order to join the Heat. A reunion with Allen could be appealing to Lewis, too, as their pairing from 2003 to 2007 with the Sonics was among the most productive in the game.
Lewis has been on the decline since even before he was traded from the Magic to the Wizards in December of 2010. He dealt with knee injuries last season and averaged just 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 26 minutes while playing just 28 games.
Miami is also pursuing free agent center Marcus Camby, though an ESPN.com report on Saturday indicated that he is more likely to sign with New York because of his salary expectations. Camby, according to the report, wants a multi-year deal and minimum salary of $3 million that would only be attainable through a sign-and-trade with Camby's former team, Houston. According to the report, the Rockets are interested in a sign-and-trade with the Knicks but not the Heat.
Numerous reports indicated Camby postponed a visit with Miami and will visit with the Knicks on Sunday. According to CBSSports.com, the Nets are pursuing Camby as well. Camby could only join the Heat on a veteran's minimum deal unless there was a sign-and-trade.