Rashard Lewis has decided to join the Miami Heat, becoming yet another shooting option for the reigning 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 today in Miami. Lewis’ decision comes just four days after shooting guard Ray Allen agreed to accept an offer from Miami.
Allen and Lewis were Seattle teammates for five seasons, from 2003 through 2007, and both figure to fit perfectly into Miami’s plan to surround LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with even more shooters who can stretch defenses.
■ KNICKS - New York is keeping another key member of its rotation, with guard JR Smith deciding to re-sign.
Smith, whose agent confirmed the deal, joined the team in February after playing in China during the lockout, and he averaged 12.5 points, right at his career average.
■ TIMBERWOLVES – Minnesota again reached outside the United States for talent, adding Russian guard Alexey Shved to a roster already brimming with international flavor.
The Wolves agreed to terms with Shved, a person with knowledge of the deal said. He will join a team with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic and Puerto Rican guard J.J. Barea on the roster.
■ LAKERS – Los Angeles owner Jerry Buss was recovering in a hospital after treatment for dehydration, a team spokesman said.
“He is recovering and is expected to be released soon,” spokesman John Black said in a statement.
The team did not release any additional details of the 78-year-old Buss’ condition, when the dehydration occurred or the identity of the hospital. The hospitalization was first reported by TMZ.com.
■ WARRIORS-76ERS TRADE – Golden State agreed to trade starting small forward Dorell Wright to Philadelphia for the rights to an unnamed player currently in Europe, a person familiar with the decision said.
The person said Golden State would receive Edin Bavcic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in return. The 76ers acquired Bavcic’s rights in a 2006 trade with Toronto.
■ BUCKS - Milwaukee signed first-round draft pick John Henson to a multiyear contract. Henson, a 6-foot-11-inch power forward, was taken 14th overall out of North Carolina.
■ PISTONS – Detroit signed first-round draft pick Andre Drummond to a multiyear deal. Drummond, a 6-10, 270-pounder from Connecticut, averaged 10.0 points and 7.6 rebounds last season as an 18-year-old freshman.