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The Dallas Mavericks voided forward Rashard Lewis’s contract on Wednesday. The move was made after learning that Lewis will need to have surgery.
Lewis learned during his physical with the Mavericks that he needs surgery on his right knee. The seriousness of Lewis’ injury is not known at this time.
Lewis signed a one-year contract with the Mavericks for the veteran’s minimum on July 19. However, the voided contract makes him a free agent right away, according to Yahoo Sports.
"It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis' physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee," Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said in a statement. "We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery and continued success in his remarkable career."
The 32nd pick in the 1998 draft Lewis played in Seattle for nine seasons. He was then traded to the Orlando Magic. He averaged 17.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and shot 39.7 percent from three-point range with the Magic during the 2008-09 season, NBA.com notes.
Lewis has spent the last two seasons with the Miami Heat. Last season, he averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, ESPN reports.
Lewis’ future or when he could play again is unknown at this time. This upcoming season will be his 17th in the NBA if a team signs him.