It was earlier reported that Rashard Lewis of the Miami Heat was unsure whether he would opt in for his $1.4 million player option with the team next season. Now it seems that Lewis is leaning towards staying in South Beach for another season.
Some offseason housekeeping: Rashard Lewis says he is leaning toward opting-in but not 100% sure. James Jones jumps in: "He's coming back."
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 19, 2013
The Heat probably don’t mind Lewis sticking around as he is on a very cheap contract, and while he has been shut out of the rotation in the playoffs, he still played a role during the regular season.
Whether Miami wins or loses in game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, the Big 3 are still locked in for at least one more season. In the summer of 2014, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony will all have player options with the team, so next season is the last one in which the Heat core is practically guaranteed to stay together.
Lewis averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds during the regular season and shot the 3-ball at a 38.9% clip.