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    Default UPDATE: Raptors Sign John Lucas III (#258)

    http://twitter.com/intent/user?scree...=ESPNSteinLine
    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/81...john-lucas-iii

    The Toronto Raptors are closing in on the signing of free-agent point guard John Lucas III, according to sources close to the process.

    Sources told ESPN.com 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.

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    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.

    With the Raptors and representatives for point guard Jose Calderon working together on trying to find a new home for Calderon via trade, as ESPN.com reported last week, Lucas has been targeted by the Raptors to potentially serve as Lowry's primary backup when Calderon -- who wants a fresh start -- moves on.

    The Raptors, though, have insisted for weeks that they were unwilling to release Calderon via the amnesty clause and will now keep the Spaniard -- after the passing of Tuesday's 2012-13 amnesty deadline -- as he enters the final year of his contract (valued at $10.6 million) as a possible trade chip between now and the NBA's annual trade deadline in February.

    After playing in Italy, Spain, China and the D-League, Lucas gained an NBA foothold over the past two seasons and had some big moments in the spring after the Bulls lost Derrick Rose to injury for long stretches.

    Lucas scored 25 points against Washington in January in his first NBA start, then scored 24 points to spark the Bulls to a home win in March over eventual champions Miami with Rose sidelined by a groin ailment.

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    Default John Lucas III?

    I hope we don't have to give up too much for this guy



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    Sweet

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    I remember reading a while back that the Raps and John Lucas III could have had a deal going, interesting.

    So our PG spot could look like:

    John Lucas III, Jose, Lowry

    That is pretty deep. I like it.

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    Do you guys think he'd be OK to back up Lowry if Jose is traded? I always thought he was a good enough PG to be a backup, but I haven't seen him play much

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    Quote Red and White wrote: View Post
    I remember reading a while back that the Raps and John Lucas III could have had a deal going, interesting.

    So our PG spot could look like:

    John Lucas III, Jose, Lowry

    That is pretty deep. I like it.
    +1 I'd be fine if one of our point guards got injured if he was our 3rd

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    Quote Raptor_11 wrote: View Post
    Do you guys think he'd be OK to back up Lowry if Jose is traded? I always thought he was a good enough PG to be a backup, but I haven't seen him play much
    Hes definitely solid. His PER was through the roof when he first started to play when rose for injured. I think he's better than most if not all 3rd string pg's but I'm also not sure if I'd want him as our permanent backup.

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    I think were really find out if Calderon going to stay or go after signing how much money they throw JL3
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    I'm a BIG jl3 fan. Love this signing.

    Pretty well means Jose is definitely gone sooner than later though.

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    I'm a BIG jl3 fan. Love this signing.

    Pretty well means Jose is definitely gone sooner than later though.
    Same here. I believe Miami was trying to get him also. He is a firecracker. Really quick.

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    I'd agree. He seems too good (based on that incredible sample size) to be a 3rd string but not sure if he's ready to be an everyday 2nd PG

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    Quote Jclaw wrote: View Post
    I'd agree. He seems too good (based on that incredible sample size) to be a 3rd string but not sure if he's ready to be an everyday 2nd PG
    Agree.

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    Post joses departure kyle will probably be playing 30-35 min ... lucas should be good enough to fill the rest of the minutes.

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    It's seems to me that Toronto's had other PGs that were worse than John Lucas III:

    Sundiata Gaines...was he the backup at one time, or the 3rd stringer?
    Walking like I'm already there.

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    Quote 10 000 Hours wrote: View Post
    It's seems to me that Toronto's had other PGs that were worse than John Lucas III:

    Sundiata Gaines...was he the backup at one time, or the 3rd stringer?
    Roko Ukic.

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    Quote AJ360 wrote: View Post
    Roko Ukic.
    Will Soloman

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    I am wondering if Johnny Flynn is still in the mix for the Raptors?

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    I can't wait for the naysayers to bash the signing.... Even though the Bulls and HEAT both wanted him.

    I am not sure about everyday backup though. From his gamelog he seemed to play alright when given opportunity. To be working this long to crack the NBA, I am going to assume high character guy much like Andersen. Major assumption on my part.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I can't wait for the naysayers to bash the signing.... Even though the Bulls and HEAT both wanted him.
    How could we not at least question this? I don't care if the Bulls or Heat wanted him, those are teams chock full of superstars and can afford one player on their team that can't shoot. Casey said we need more shooters, so Colangelo goes and gets Lucas, a guy who has never broken 40% shooting in his 4 year NBA career?

    On the plus side he's 5% more accurate than Ben Uzoh...

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    @WolstatSun: Source confirms John Lucas III to Raptors report from Marc Stein/ESPN
    Looks like its official

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