I understand that the 3-year deal gives Bird rights to the Mavs, but this puts Lewis in exactly the same position that he's in now (trusting a team to sign him to the BIG contract). Clearly, Cuban is more likely to pay the big $$ than Seattle, but there's no guarantee.Originally posted by <b>C.C.C.P</b>!
I am not a capologist, but here goes.
I think your confusion rests in the Larry Bird clause... while Lewis is allowed to sign with any team provided they have cap room or sign him to an exception or minimum contract, he needs three years with the same team before he is eligible to sign a contract in excess of the salary cap, thus if he were traded to the Mavs he would have to spend three years under a mediocre contract before he got his pay-day. Likewise he is eligible for a fulll boat (larry-bird )contract from the Sups now.