Giving it their best shot, Heat sign Lewis shooting option
Rashard Lewis has decided to join the Miami Heat, becoming yet another shooting option for the NBA champions.
Agent Tony Dutt said the free agent forward and the Heat agreed to terms on Tuesday, and Lewis is expected to sign his contract Wednesday in Miami.
Lewis’s decision comes just four days after the Celtics’ Ray Allen agreed to accept an offer from Miami.
Lewis will make the veteran minimum this season, worth about $1.3 million. He’s picking up another $13.7 million because the final year of his most recent contract — a $118 million, six-year pact — was bought out earlier this offseason by New Orleans, who acquired the 6-foot-10-inch forward in a trade with Washington and then waived him.
Allen and Lewis are both likely to be introduced by the Heat on Wednesday. Teams may start signing their free agents when the league’s moratorium officially ends at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
The Pistons signed first-round draft pick Andre Drummond to a multiyear deal.
Drummond, a 6-10, 270-pounder from Connecticut, averaged 10 points and 7.6 rebounds last season as an 18-year-old freshman . . . John Jenkins, who led the Southeastern Conference in scoring two straight years at Vanderbilt, signed his rookie contract with the Hawks minutes before joining the opening of the team’s rookie camp. The Hawks also have traded small forward Marvin Williams to Utah for guard Devin Harris . . . The Bucks signed first-round draft pick John Henson to a multiyear contract. The 6-11 Henson averaged 10.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 109 career games at North Carolina . . . The Timberwolves added Russian guard Alexey Shved and agreed to terms with former Blazers guard Brandon Roy.
A person familiar with the decision said the Warriors agreed to trade starting small forward Dorell Wright to the 76ers for the rights to a player they have currently in Europe . . . The NBA set the 2012-13 salary cap at $58.044 million, the same as this past season . . . Lakers owner Jerry Buss, 78, was recovering in a hospital after treatment for dehydration, a team spokesman said.