LOS ANGELESOne by one, the members of the Bulls Bench Mob are slowly relocating.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, reserve point guard John Lucas III will sign a multi-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, as first reported by ESPN.com.
The diminutive Lucas became a fan favorite in Chicago for his instant offense and heroics that included a 25-point performance against Washington in his first start and a 24-point outing in a win over the Miami Heat.
Although Lucas, who is very close to Bulls superstar Derrick Rose, wanted to return to the Bulls, the security provided him by the Raptors was too much to pass up, the source told CSNChicago.com.
The deal, which wont become official until former Bulls forward James Johnson passes his physical in SacramentoJohnson was dealt to the Kings by Toronto, freeing up the cap space to sign Lucastakes another option off the board for the Bulls, who are considering signing another backup point guard with Rose out to begin the season and first-round draft pick Marquis Teague lacking NBA experience, despite the addition of veteran Kirk Hinrich.
While the Bulls have been in contact with Mike James about a potential return to Chicago, its unlikely that the veteran journeyman is back, according to a sourceJames has received recent interest from New Orleans, one of his former teamsthough Chicago native Patrick Beverley, who played in the teams mini-camp prior to the NBA summer league in Las Vegas, is a possibility.