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Report: Raptors near deal for John Lucas III

Jul 18, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer AP

Kyle Lowry is in for Toronto (and will play well, this being a contract year and all). Jose Calderon wants no part of being a backup, so his agent and the Raptors are working to find a trade for him.

Which means the Raptors need a backup point guard… enter John Lucas III.

The former Bull is close to a deal to spend his winter north of the border, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources told the sides are in advanced discussions to finalize the terms on a multiyear deal to add Lucas to a backcourt rotation that had already been strengthened earlier this month by the Raptors’ acquisition of Kyle Lowry.

One source said Wednesday the Chicago Bulls, who’ve employed Lucas for much of the past two seasons, were resigned to losing the 29-year-old.

Lucas will be missed in Chicago, where he played pretty well after Derrick Rose went down injured. But in today’s economic landscape teams are not going to spend much on a backup one, and if Toronto is willing to pay a little more the deal will get done.

  1. knightrider1755 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    With CJ Watson going to Brooklyn and John Lucas going to Toronto who’s left to backup Rose?. Is this a Chicago fire sale?

    • mcjon22 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      No, it’s a common sense sale. CJ isn’t worth 3+ mil a year and Lucas isn’t worth a multi year deal above the minimum. Dude was the 3rd PG and would be no better then that once Rose gets back and Teague develops.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Hinrich and Teague. Seems like they’ve got it shored up ok.

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      didn’t they sign Kirk Hinrich? I’d assume that’s who

  2. mcjon22 - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Thibs should get commission from these guys instead of their agents. Who ever heard of these guys before 2011?

    • tk41 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Well said. The Bulls are one of the best teams at pulling guys off the scrap heap & turning them into legitimate players that other teams over-spend on. (Mavs, Spurs & Celtics also come to mind).

      Great job by Thibs & the Bulls staff to develop this guy – now they’ll probably go do it all over again.

  3. dunkindan - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    CJ Watson watson was on the warriors before CHI and played very well. He worked hard to stay in the league as an NBDL Callup

  4. lmoneyfresh - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Not a huge loss really. 3rd string PG who was very streaky. If he wasn’t hitting from 3, he was a huge liability on offense and defense. He couldn’t distribute the ball to save his life, so if he wasn’t hot, the offense stalled. Thibs would ride the hot hand at times, but lets be honest about this guy, he’s ok. Not much more.

  5. chicagosworth - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    He played well for the Bulls this last season, but not great. The offense constantly had to double team his man so they wouldn’t just shoot over him. We need Teague to develop quickly. The Bulls will still dominate.

  6. bigmeechy74 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:06 AM


  7. 91devinhester23 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    bye johnny we’ll never forget you for this moment

  8. bmullin32 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Why is toronto wasting their money? Bobby brown once again played well in his last summer league game( 17 pts, 5rbs, 6asts in 19 mins). He has earned the back up job

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