John Lucas
John Lucas
36-Year-Old GuardG
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$Signed a contract with the Timberwolves in August of 2016. Waived by Timberwolves in January of 2017.
Turns to coaching career
GFree Agent
October 10, 2017
Lucas decided to retire from professional basketball this offseason and will serve as an assistant coach for the Timberwolves during the 2017-18 campaign, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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The 34-year-old Lucas went undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2005, but enjoyed a long playing career as a reserve guard for six teams over parts of eight seasons. At the tail end of his playing days, he established a strong connection with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, with whom he played parts of two seasons in Chicago and another in Minnesota in 2016-17. Lucas will now follow in the footsteps of his father, John Lucas II, himself a former NBA coach, as he transitions into retirement.
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Lucas will be the fourth point guard on the roster, so he's not likely to get much playing time behind Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones. The 33-year-old last appeared in the NBA during the 2014-15 season, but has prior experience with new Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau, having played under him during his two seasons with the Bulls from 2010 through 2012.
John Lucas III came to Cleveland in a July deal from Utah with Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy in a primarily financially motivated trade. The long-time backup point guard spent the 2013-14 season with the Jazz (his fourth NBA franchise in six seasons) where he appeared in 42 games and started six early in the season while rookie Trey Burke was sidelined. In 14 minutes, he averaged 3.8 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.3 steals per game. Lucas hit just 33 percent of his field goals (a career low), 30 percent of his three-pointers (0.6 three-pointers per game), and 63 percent of his free throws. He did not appear in the last eight games of the season. As a starter, his numbers didn't improve appreciably (5.7 points, 2.0 assists in 24 minutes per game). His contract is non-guaranteed, so he may not stick with Cleveland. If Lucas makes the squad, he will battle Matthew Dellavedova for backup minutes behind Kyrie Irving. The former Oklahoma State guard can be a defensive pest on the perimeter but is limited by his 5-11 frame. The son of the first pick of the 1976 draft will only have value in deeper fantasy leagues or if his team is crushed by injuries.
Lucas is mostly a scoring point guard. The journeyman's biggest role came in Chicago in 2011-12, when he put up 7.5 points per game in 49 games off the bench. He'll play a similar role this season.
Lucas did an adequate job last season with the Bulls after Derrick Rose went down, but he joins a Raptors team that has two starting-quality point guards on the roster. At best, Lucas is a useful insurance policy.
One of five point guards trying to make the team - could get traded.
Lucas is undersized even for a point guard, but the Rockets like his work ethic, and he played very well in the Las Vegas summer league. Expect him to push Luther Head for the backup point guard job.
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Waived by Minnesota
GFree Agent
January 7, 2017
Lucas was waived Saturday by the Timberwolves, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
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Remains outside of team's rotation
GMinnesota Timberwolves
December 20, 2016
Lucas (coach's decision) was inactive during the Timberwolves' 115-108 win over the Suns.
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Plays only one minute in blowout win
GMinnesota Timberwolves
November 18, 2016
Lucas played one minute and didn't accrue any statistics in Thursday's 110-86 win over the 76ers.
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Makes 15-man roster
GMinnesota Timberwolves
October 22, 2016
Lucas claimed a spot on the Timberwolves' final 15-man roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Kent Youngblood reports.
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Inks camp deal with Minnesota
GFree Agent
August 24, 2016
Lucas signed a training camp contract with the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.
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