HoopsHype John Lucas rumors

May 4, 2011 Updates

John Lucas, who has been a head coach with three NBA teams, told FOX 26 Sports he met with the Houston Rockets Wednesday as the team searches for its new head coach. Lucas said he was interviewed by general manager Daryl Morey. "I am an old school Rocket," Lucas said. "I bleed Rockets red." FOX 26 Sports

Lucas said he and Morey had a good meeting. "It was pretty lengthy," Lucas said. "It went probably a good 2 1/2 hours. "I thought it was very interesting. That's a team that's in the middle of the pack that has the capabilties to really improve. It's a great opportunity for anyone." FOX 26 Sports

Lucas, who had three playing stints with the Rockets, confirmed to ESPN.com that he met Wednesday with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to discuss the opening created when Houston and Adelman mutually decided to part ways on Apr. 18. "I started with the Rockets and I've been here for 33 years," Lucas said. "They're on the verge of being a very good team and I would love to get back involved with them, so it was great to sit down with Daryl and get to know him better and have a nice, quality conversation." ESPN.com

Lucas is the third former NBA head coach that the Rockets have interviewed. The team also talked to former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson and Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank, who joined the Celtics after nearly seven seasons coaching the New Jersey Nets. The Rockets have also received permission from the Dallas Mavericks to interview assistant Dwane Casey, who coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for a season and a half. The Rockets are expected to meet with Casey this week when Dallas' second-round series with the Lakers shifts to Texas. The Rockets also plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Brown, as well as TNT analyst Kevin McHale, who hired and fired Casey as the Minnesota Timberwolves' GM and later moved to the Wolves' bench. ESPN.com

April 29, 2011 Updates

This Saturday in Houston, TX, John Lucas will be holding a private workout for NBA teams. The group of players being showcased include: 6'2 Cory Joseph (Texas), 6'4 Jeremy Green (Stanford), 6'2 Devin Gibson (UT San Antonio), 6'7 Troy Gillenwater (New Mexico State), 6'10 Ater Majok (UConn/Australia), 6'10 Terrence Jennings (Louisville), 6'10 Reggie Johnson (Miami), and 5'11 Jai Lucas (Texas). NBADraft.net

March 21, 2011 Updates

Jannero Pargo is to positive energy what Tom Thibodeau is to intensity. So the Robeson High product said he never considered retiring despite getting released by both the Warriors and Hornets last offseason because his surgically repaired right knee remained balky. "I knew it was a possibility I wouldn't play this year," Pargo said. "I was just focused on getting my knee back right. If that was next year, I was fine with that. My faith, my family all helped me. They pushed me not to give up. That's what I've been doing my whole career." Chicago Tribune

Pargo, signed by the Bulls along with John Lucas III on Sunday, has fashioned an unlikely seven-year NBA career out of his shooting ability, practice habits and strong locker-room presence. This is his third stint with the Bulls, who allowed him to use their practice facility as he rehabbed. "This organization has been really good to me," said Pargo, who added his knee is at "95 percent." Chicago Tribune

March 20, 2011 Updates

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent guards John Lucas III and Jannero Pargo. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contracts were not announced. Lucas III (5-11, 165) appeared in two games with Chicago earlier this season, and averaged 1.0 ppg and 0.5 apg in 5.0 mpg. NBA.com

The Bulls will re-sign guard John Lucas III, sources said. He is expected to be at Sunday's practice. It's possible the Bulls will sign a 15th player, with Jannero Pargo a possibility. These signings would be strictly for practice bodies and injury insurance, as well as to create financial flexibility for future trades. ESPN.com

January 10, 2011 Updates

According to a weibo (a Chinese tweet) from the official Shanghai Sharks feed, Shanghai head coach, Bob Donewald Jr., has announced that Shanghai will be bringing back point guard John Lucas III to the team for another season. Lucas, who played a full season under Donewald last year, was cut on January 5th by the Chicago Bulls. Lucas will replace Devin Green. In addition to Shanghai, Lucas was also receiving heavy interest from Beijing. NiuBBall.com

January 5, 2011 Updates

John Lucas III, freshly waived by Chicago, is one of those players who are seriously looking to China for work. According to a source speaking anonymously with NiuBBall.com, both Shanghai and Beijing are highly interested in bringing over Lucas, who was officially let go by the Bulls yesterday. NiuBBall.com

January 4, 2011 Updates

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guard John Lucas III. NBA.com

November 27, 2010 Updates

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent guard John Lucas III. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Lucas III (5-11, 165) saw action in five preseason games with the Bulls and averaged 2.2 ppg and 0.8 apg in 6.4 mpg. NBA.com

November 5, 2010 Updates

ESPN.com reported the Bulls’ interest in Beverley last week. The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported that the Bulls also explored signing veteran point guard Anthony Johnson and had interest in Patrick Mills had Mills failed to survive Portland’s final cuts before Opening Night. Veteran NBA scribe Sam Smith, writing for Bulls.com, reported that Chicago has also looked at Utah castoff Sundiata Gaines. The Bulls have likewise considered re-signing John Lucas III to a non-guaranteed contract after Lucas and Kyle Weaver were let go in Chicago’s final cuts. Beverley was let go by Miami even though he had a guaranteed two-year deal worth $1.3 million. ESPN.com

October 26, 2010 Updates
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September 26, 2010 Updates

The first overall pick from the 1976 NBA draft is now trying to help the first overall pick from the 2007 NFL draft make the type of comeback that he once did. Former NBA standout John Lucas, who conquered personal demons before a successful return to basketball, is serving as a life coach for former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, according to league sources. ESPN.com

September 24, 2010 Updates
July 21, 2010 Updates

The Heat is expected to add one more point guard, with NBA veterans Jason Williams and Earl Watson, and league neophytes Kenny Hasbrouck, Patrick Beverley and John Lucas III among the options. Teams are limited to 12-player active lists on game nights and 15-player rosters during the regular season. Teams may carry as many as 20 players during the offseason. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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