Rashard Lewis Can Do Whatever He Wants
You know how Jerry McGuire’s mentor told him that the business is all about personal relationships? I suppose that the personal relationship between Seattle Supersonics forward, Rashard Lewis, and his agent, Tony Dutt, is not very strong anymore. I have such a thought because Tony Dutt cost his client the ability to void the final 2 years of his contract, which would have given him the ability to become a free agent this off-season [Report: Sonics F Lewis may not be free agent].
Rashard Lewis definitely had the opportunity to become a free agent if he wanted to, and it seems as though there was a good possibility that his future involved exploring such an option. The problem is that his agent did not declare this intention by the deadline (the Sonics last game). There was also a 5 day window in case one forgets. Lewis will still earn a nice salary over the next 2 years ($21 million total), but could have been making $24 million+ if he tested the market.
Oh wait, just kidding! Countless credible newspapers and blogs across the country are missing a huge point. Yahoo! Sports even reported it and could not put the pieces together.
“He had to declare his intentions in writing, delivering it personally or by registered mail on the later day of Seattle’s last game or June 1, with a five-day window.
Dutt reportedly informed the SuperSonics of Lewis’ decision on May 25 or 26. The team’s season ended April 18.” (who cares?)
Tony Dutt followed the rules. He got the request in before June 1st and did not even have to use the 5 day window. The Knicks have already made him their top free-agent priority [Free-Agent Lewis Loves N.Y.]. Even the Sonics understand that Lewis is a free-agent, so what’s the problem?
Everyone calm down, stop ratting on Tony Dutt, and realize that Rashard Lewis is still a prime piece of meat that will get his fair raise and will probably play on a team other than the Seattle Supersonics next year.