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Sonics' Lewis on Heat's radar, according to source

 

By Ira Winderman

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Posted June 29 2007

 

MIAMI According to an NBA source close to the situation, the Heat plans a push to acquire forward Rashard Lewis from the SuperSonics.

 

Earlier this month Lewis opted out of the final two years of his Seattle contract, bypassing a guaranteed $21 million to become a free agent as of Sunday.

 

The Heat can offer no more that the $5.5 million mid-level exception. To complete a deal with the SuperSonics, it would require getting Seattle to agree to take on about $10 million of its contracts.

 

With Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade out of play in any trade talks, that likely would mean the Heat would start any discussions with the Sonics by offering power forward Udonis Haslem.

 

The Sonics essentially distanced themselves from Lewis at Thursday's NBA Draft by selecting Texas forward Kevin Durant with the second pick and then trading guard Ray Allen for a package that included Georgetown forward Jeff Green, the No. 5 selection.

 

The Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic, teams that could create enough salary-cap space to sign Lewis outright, also are interested in the 6-foot-10 3-point specialist.

 

With the Heat, Lewis, 27, could slot in at small forward or power forward, helping to space the floor for O'Neal and Wade, while providing defensive length and ball handling.

 

Lewis averaged 22.4 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent on 3-pointers. He finished 27th in the league in 3-point percentage, 11th in minutes per game, 21st in points per 48 minutes and 23rd in the league's overall efficiency ranking.

 

Free agents cannot be signed until July 11, although negotiations can begin Sunday.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basketb...fla-sports-heat

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I cant see it happening. Seattle basically traded Ray Allen to keep Shard and I think they will. There is nothing the Heat can offer Seattle in my opinion that they would take.

 

 

it would seem more likely that Shard gets moved cause him and Durant are the same-type of players....

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I cant see it happening. Seattle basically traded Ray Allen to keep Shard and I think they will. There is nothing the Heat can offer Seattle in my opinion that they would take.

 

 

it would seem more likely that Shard gets moved cause him and Durant are the same-type of players....

I disagree. Shard is a 3 with a 2's mentality. Durant is a 4.

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I don't think they necessarily dealt Allen to keep Lewis, I think they dealt Allen to start over.

 

While, I will say that I'd be surprised if they want Haslem since I'd assume they just want cap space in the near future, I could see JWill (expiring deal) with an eventual buyout an intriguing option, plus obviously other considerations.

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i am more open to trading Walker

 

 

Yeah. Good luck finding a taker on the final 3 or 4 years left on his deal....

 

Walker only has 2 years left. His contract has a team option that kicks in after the 2009 season.

 

 

Even so. 2 years left on his contract with a whole bunch of money that no one is going to want to trade for. Then again, maybe Miami can convince Ainge or McHale to pick him up. They're not exactly smart business men.

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i am more open to trading Walker

 

 

Yeah. Good luck finding a taker on the final 3 or 4 years left on his deal....

 

Walker only has 2 years left. His contract has a team option that kicks in after the 2009 season.

 

 

Even so. 2 years left on his contract with a whole bunch of money that no one is going to want to trade for. Then again, maybe Miami can convince Ainge or McHale to pick him up. They're not exactly smart business men.

 

They probably could trade him, but they'd have to take back an equally bad contract. He'll be a lot more tradeable next offseason when he's only got a year left.

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I cant see it happening. Seattle basically traded Ray Allen to keep Shard and I think they will. There is nothing the Heat can offer Seattle in my opinion that they would take.

 

 

it would seem more likely that Shard gets moved cause him and Durant are the same-type of players....

I disagree. Shard is a 3 with a 2's mentality. Durant is a 4.

 

Jeff Green? They are not bringing Shard back.

 

 

But I still love hearing how ever team in the league wants Antoine Walker, BADLY.

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I cant see it happening. Seattle basically traded Ray Allen to keep Shard and I think they will. There is nothing the Heat can offer Seattle in my opinion that they would take.

 

Seattle did not draft Durant and trade for Green to keep Rashard, sorry.

 

By the way, as a Heat fan, I can only see us having limited assets to offer the Sonics. Haslem (if they are interested), Dorell Wright, Cook and future draft picks. I'm not sure that would entice them, truthfully.

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I cant see it happening. Seattle basically traded Ray Allen to keep Shard and I think they will. There is nothing the Heat can offer Seattle in my opinion that they would take.

 

 

it would seem more likely that Shard gets moved cause him and Durant are the same-type of players....

I disagree. Shard is a 3 with a 2's mentality. Durant is a 4.

 

Jeff Green? They are not bringing Shard back.

 

 

But I still love hearing how ever team in the league wants Antoine Walker, BADLY.

 

Who is saying that every team wants Walker badly? Nobody does, but in a year from now, some team will want his expiring contract.

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Question for Heat fans: Would you rather have Lewis or Artest. Personally, I'd rather have Artest. Better defender, rebounder and is a capable scorer.

 

I'd probably rather Lewis.

 

That third scoring option would be ginormously important, if nothing else, for the space it could open for Wade or even Shaq.

 

I think Artest is a better fit for us, both in terms of realism of attaining him and what we'd have to (or not have to) give up to get him.

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Question for Heat fans: Would you rather have Lewis or Artest. Personally, I'd rather have Artest. Better defender, rebounder and is a capable scorer.

artest has more talent lewis has more headaches

 

 

Give me Artest. I love, love, love Artest. I badly want him on the Heat, he is the perfect fit. One of my favorite players in the league and when he is on he is IMO a top 10 player in all of the NBA.

 

They both are great fits for the Heat though, but give me the guy who rivals Bruce Bowen as best perimeter defender in the league.

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