By all reports the Bulls have added the final piece to the puzzle that has become their roster for the upcoming season.
The Bulls have invited point guard John Lucas III to training camp and they are expected to sign him to a contract shortly before camp starts. The reason behind not signing him now and waiting till the start of camp is all about flexiblity.
The Bulls like they have for the past two seasons are still protecting their cap space. Signing Lucas now would eat up some cap space while waiting till right before camp gives them a few weeks to still play with possible trades.
Lucas, son of former NBA player John Lucas who starred for the Houston Rockets, hasn't had a lot of succes in the NBA. He will turn 28 this November and he has only played a total of 60 games, no starts, averaging 8 minutes and 3 points.
Lucas, who stands at only 5'11, played for the Bulls summer league team and played extremely well. New head coach of the Bulls, Tom Thibodeau, thought he would be an ideal fit as the third point guard backing up all-star Derrick Rose and CJ Watson. Thibodeau is very familiar with Lucas since they were in Houston at the same time.
Lucas will be the eighth new member of the team joining fellow new comers Carlos Boozer, Kurt Thomas, CJ Watson, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, Omer Asik, and Keith Bogans. The signing of Lucas closes the door on the return of Flip Murray and Jannero Pargo who have yet to be unsigned by any other team.
However now that the roster has taken shape the coaching staff is still missing a piece as Thibodeau searches for that last member. He has stated he would prefer a former player which is why names such as Larry Johnson and former coaches like Terry Porter among others have been mentioned.
With a few weeks until camp kicks off expections are high and I personally can't wait till opening night.