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Raptors ink John Lucas III to deal, giving them 3 point guards

Jul 27, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer AP

We told you recently this was close and now it has become official. Although, that hints at other moves.

The Toronto Raptors have signed John Lucas III to a new deal, the team has confirmed.

Lucas played well in the absence of Derrick Rose in Chicago for much of last season, averaging 7.5 points a game, which is pretty good for a third-string guard.

Right now, Lucas is a third-string point guard in Toronto, too. Kyle Lowry has the starting gig and in a contract year you should expect big things.

Behind him is Jose Calderon, who the Raptors have been shopping but have not found a deal they like. Yet. That will likely change by the time the season starts (or the trade deadline, for sure) and in that case you need another quality one on the roster.

Enter Lucas. So, don’t be shocked if there is another move on the horizon.

In another Raptors note, they have reached a deal to bring back Alan Anderson next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

  1. rajbais - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    The Raptors may have three point guards, but the Chicago Bulls have no scorers!!!

    Why do general managers after Jerry Krause always shoot themselves in the foot after they have their initial forms of success???

    Just go ask John Paxson and now you can thank Gar Forman!!!

  2. bigbamboom1 - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Wow! The Bulls have mailed it in for next season without Derrick Rose. They are having a fire sale and prepping for the 2013 draft lottery and Dwight Howard next year. D’ Rose, D’ Howard, J’ Noah as the big 3 in Chi-Town could be dangerous if supported with High draft picks and a solid bench from this year. Stay tuned on Da Bulls.

  3. lmoneyfresh - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Oh my god. The bulls let their 3rd string pg leave. That team is in shambles! Idiots..

  4. itsthemelman82 - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Thanks for saying it for me, the overreaction to every move is crazy!

    @bigbamboom PLEASE stop it! Dwight doesn’t want to be in Chicago!! Why keep getting on your knees for someone whose never won (and may never), may not fit in & DOES NOT want to be in Chicago??? From all reports the front office inquired about him, Derrick has never been in favor of him and this last year of why he probably feels that way. D12 is great talent wise but if he wanted to be great he’d be unstoppable. You really want someone whose focus doesn’t seem to be winning on the team… All Bulls fans that want him need to ask themselves that question.

    Oh and good JLIII & thanks for your time as a Bull!

  5. donrwells3 - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    We still have great players even without DRose in the mix.
    We still have a great coach who was second in the running for Coach of the Year. (Greg Pop, you dawg)
    We have *decent* shooters to spread the floor.
    We have a dominate front court.
    We are very solid at the 3, 4, 5.
    Without Rose, we are weak at the 1 and 2. With him, we always get by with a weak 2 guard.

    My only hope is that Carlos Boozer really comes back to form and takes over this team while DRose is out. I feel the offensive load will come from the front court and Luol Deng. Boozer had a PER of ~20. He is well above the average.

    If Rip Hamilton can stay healthy and get some of his game back, I really think he can provide good spacing and productive minutes at the two.

    Marquis Teague is a monster all-around playmaker. He plays very well off of the pick and roll, excellent passer. I’d love to see him really develop at Chicago and contribute in the years to come!

    Next year, we will be good. Don’t rule the Bulls out before they even get going!

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