January 4, 2011 -- The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guard John Lucas III.
Lucas III (5-11, 165) appeared in two games with Chicago, and averaged 1.0 ppg and 0.5 apg in 5.0 mpg. He signed with Chicago on November 26.
Chicago's roster now stands at 13.
Lucas, who played with the Bulls during preseason and during training camp, was signed as a Free Agent on November 26th, 2010. Lucas was signed because of an injury that sidelined star PG Derrick Rose for just a game, but Bulls management wanted to find some insurance just in case Rose would be missing for a few more games.
During the preseason, Lucas showed that he can run the team, and also was a decent shooter. But his biggest moment as a Bull came with 12.9 seconds, with the score in the Bulls favor over the Denver Nuggets 97-96, he was at the free-throw line shooting a pair of free-throws.
He clanked both of them, which lead to a Carmelo Anthony buzzer-beater, and thus killing any sort of momentum he had going with Bulls fans. You knew he wouldn't stick around for long, but the timing of this is sort of interesting.
This really isn't big news, but what this could lead me to believe is
that the Bulls are gathering roster space for a future trade or
signing. However, this move does save them a bit of money.
This move is also coming days after Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Bulls
are among the teams that have interest in SF Omer Casspi.
Personally, I don't know how Casspi fits with this Bulls team, since
they already have Luol Deng to stabilize the SF position, but if the
Bulls believe that they can turn Casspi into a SG, by all means, do it.
He can certainly shoot the ball and has the length and quickness to be a
Lucas was a good guy, and it was refreshing to read his tweets on his Twitter page. Although he didn't play at all, it's great to see how great a relationship Bulls players have from player 1 to player 15 (in this case, it was 14).
There's no doubt he'll find himself back in the league.