Raptors Will Sign John Lucas III, According To Reports

Entering Wednesday, the Toronto Raptors' only major addition this offseason through free agency was Landry Fields. But ESPN's Marc Stein and the Chicago Sun Times' K.C. Johnson both report that a change may be on the horizon, with the Raptors about to sign John Lucas III.

Lucas has been a member of the Chicago Bulls for the majority of the past two seasons, and served as a capable backup point guard to Derrick Rose for stretches in 2011-12, scoring 7.5 points per game and shooting nearly 40 percent from three.

But Lucas, listed at 5'11", is short -- so short that one of the signature highlights of the past NBA season was LeBron James literally leaping over him to dunk an alley-oop -- and limited defensively, and he has never been projected as an NBA starter.

The departure from Chicago would be another loss for a Bulls franchise that compiled the best record in the Eastern Conference for two straight years under Tom Thibodeau, only to fail to make it out of the conference. Big man and defensive whiz Omer Asik is likely to sign an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets, and could leave Chicago as well.

For more on the Raptors, visit Raptors HQ. For more on the Bulls, check out Blog- a Bull and SB Nation Chicago.

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