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Raptors close to signing Lucas III

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Raptors close to signing Lucas III

Steve Wojcik
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The Bulls already lost their backup point guard last week when C.J. Watson agreed to a two-year deal to join the New Jersey Nets, and now it looks like Watson's backup is also on his way out of town.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Toronto Raptors and John Lucas III are in "advanced discussions to finalize the terms of a multi-year deal" to bring the 29-year-old point guard to Canada to serve as Kyle Lowry's primary backup.

Once the Bulls drafted Marquis Teague, it became apparent that Lucas III's future with the team was up in the air, and after coming to terms on a two-year deal with former Bull Kirk Hinrich, it became even more evident that Lucas III had likely played his final game with Chicago.

In a 2011-12 season marred by injuries to the Bulls' backcourt, Lucas III was one of the few guards who was able to maintain his health throughout the season. He averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists in 14.8 minutes per game, which includes a pair of 25-point performances, one in January vs. Washington and another in April against the Cavaliers.

After the season, it was clear that Lucas III's play had likely earned him a pay raise and a spot in a rotation. Unfortunately, that rotation will probably not belong to Tom Thibodeau.

Jason Heyward predicts he will be the MVP of 2018 Cubs

Jason Heyward predicts he will be the MVP of 2018 Cubs

“Who will be the Cubs’ 2018 team MVP?”

Jason Heyward: “Me!”

No hesitation, no pause. Just an honest answer from a confident 28-year old with a $184 million contract.

Nobody wants to succeed more at the plate than the Cubs’ two-time Gold Glove award winner, but the offense has been downright ugly (.243, 18 HR, 108 RBI in 268 games).

Despite not performing up to a megadeal, Heyward has no problem talking about his contract:

“It is what it is, I earned it," Heyward said. "I earned that part of it. For me, it’s awesome. To be where I want to be, that’s the most important thing.”

After spending time talking at Cubs Convention speaking with Heyward, his manager and six of his other teammates, it’s no surprise that it was Heyward who delivered the now-famous Game 7 “Rain Delay Speech.”

His teammates adore him.

Question to Ben Zobrist: “Who’s your favorite teammate of all-time at any level?”

After a 10-second pause: “Jason Heyward.”

That definitely says something coming from a 36-year-old, three-time All-Star and World Series MVP.

For the true blue Cubs fans that can’t stand Heyward and his untradeable contract, sorry, his teammates and manager have nothing but good things to say. 

By all accounts, Heyward is a quality human being despite his shortcomings in the batter’s box the last two seasons.

And his goals for an offensive renaissance in 2018 are simple and basic:

“Just being in the lineup every game.”

His teammates will be behind him 100 percent, even if the fans are not.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are Blackhawks a playoff team even with Corey Crawford?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are Blackhawks a playoff team even with Corey Crawford?

Seth Gruen and US99’s Stylz & Roman join Luke Stuckmeyer on the panel.  Joel Quenneville says he expects and hopes Corey Crawford can return this season?  Will he come back?  And are they a playoff team even if Crawford returns?

Plus the Bulls extend Zach LaVine’s minutes, a preview of Sunday’s championship game and will Jake Arrieta eventually end up back with the Cubs?