John Lucas III Rumors
Detroit Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower announced today that the club has signed guard John Lucas III for the remainder of the season following two consecutive 10-day contracts. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The 5-foot-11, 166-pound guard has averaged 5.0 points, 3.3 assists and 12.2 minutes in eight games with Detroit. He scored a season-high 10 points at Indiana (2/4) and has dished out a season-high six assists twice.
“We knew that, in a group of guys who were free agents, John was a guy we wanted,” Van Gundy said. “Again, (general manager Jeff Bower) was looking at some trade possibilities … a couple of them could have materialized, but it would have meant us taking on money for next year, which we weren’t willing to do. And trades for guys at the end of their contracts didn’t materialize.”
John Lucas III doesn’t have promises beyond his 10-day contract with the Detroit Pistons. But that’s OK for the veteran point guard, who signed this morning. After his second stint in the Chinese Basketball Association, the 31-year-old is just glad to be back in the world’s top league. “There’s never a promise in the league,” he said with a laugh after a long Pistons practice. “It’s all up to me. When I step foot on that court, it’s what I’m capable of doing. Nobody is responsible for anything.
Detroit Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower announced today that the club has signed guard John Lucas III to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The 5’11”, 166-pound guard joins the Pistons after spending the season in China with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 26.6 points, 7.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 43.5 minutes in 26 games.
John Lucas III: I just SMH at some of the stories that I read About my homie D Rose. It’s funny how when u speak the truth about something they still find. Away about saying something negative about you. If they only knew what he has put his body thru to get back. So they can miss me with this.
The Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies scoured the free-agent market for point guards after injury issues, and they contacted Lucas prior to deciding upon players this week. Lucas, who has been working out in Houston since his release from the Washington Wizards, also received proposals in the Chinese Basketball Association.
“John has received interest from different teams, but to say he has declined any formal offers would be inaccurate,” Lucas’ agent, Bernie Lee, said when reached on Wednesday. “John is in a situation, after a crazy summer, of trying to make the right decision versus any decision, but he is willing to prove himself as requested. John owes a tremendous amount of his value in the NBA to the opportunity Chicago’s front office gave him there initially. Over time, it’s become clear that Gar Forman has a unique ability to find value in obscure places: He signed John out of China, and he might be the best in the NBA at this. In some ways John was at the beginning of this. I have not had a single conversation with Gar about John since John left. The different situations just haven’t lined up. Gar has found various ways to replace the role John left, including this year, and John has been under contract since leaving. I do have every belief that John will resume his NBA career soon, but to date the only opportunities John has declined have been lucrative money offers with Jilin in China earlier in the year and Fujian on Wednesday.”
Likely options include Ish Smith, John Lucas III, Diante Garrett and Michael Jenkins. If the exception is granted by Wednesday as expected, it’s likely that one of those players will be added in time for Friday’s home game against Memphis.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired guard John Lucas III and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from the Utah Jazz in exchange for guard Carrick Felix, a 2015 second round draft pick and cash considerations, General Manager David Griffin announced tonight from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
On Friday morning, I was in a hall near the EnergySolutions Arena court waiting to interview players after the Jazz’s morning pregame prep session (called a shootaround). I was chatting with team employees when Lucas left the arena. When he saw me standing there, the point guard smiled and said, “I’ve got something for your kids.” Lucas returned from the Jazz locker room with two styrofoam to-go containers, securely (and awesomely) wrapped in sticky white medical tape. He’d brought pumpkin cheesecake for my kids. I was genuinely stunned. And touched.
Lucas also grasped each child’s hand, learned their names and asked what their favorite pie was. Ethan, 9, and Sydney, 7, both told him, “pumpkin.” Aidan let him know that “punkin pie” was this 4-year-old’s preferred Thanksgiving dessert. “Have you ever tried pumpkin cheesecake?” Lucas asked. “No,” they replied. “You should have your dad take you to the Cheesecake Factory and get some pumpkin cheesecake.”