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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.

Kyle Hendricks takes in a Blackhawks game with... Bastian Schweinsteiger?

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Kyle Hendricks takes in a Blackhawks game with... Bastian Schweinsteiger?

A Cubs pitcher taking in a Blackhawks game in a suite is nothing special, but doing so with a World Cup winner is... different.

Kyle Hendricks was spotted by the cameras of Thursday's Blackhawks-Coyotes broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago. The guy he was standing next to was none other than Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a World Cup with Germany and Champions League winner with Bayern Munich.

Hendricks is known for being reserved on the mound and in his interviews with the media. Meanwhile, Schweinsteiger was filmed yelling "Bear Down" in the hallway of Toyota Park after a Fire practice earlier in the day.

There's no telling what inspired Schweinsteiger to do this, but he has definitely embraced Chicago sports teams since joining the Fire in March of 2017.

Makes you wonder what Hendricks and Schweinsteiger were talking about. Best places to get brats in Chicago?

Niklas Hjalmarsson gets standing ovation from United Center crowd in Chicago return

Niklas Hjalmarsson gets standing ovation from United Center crowd in Chicago return

Niklas Hjalmarsson played for the Blackhawks for 10 years and won three Stanley Cups with the team so his return to the United Center was a big deal.

The defenseman, now with the Arizona Coyotes, made his return to Chicago in Thursday's game. The Blackhawks had a tribute video for him during the game and the crowd gave him a standing ovation after the video.

He was teary-eyed after getting the warm reception.

Hjalmarsson was traded by the Blackhawks to the Coyotes for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin after the 2016-17 season. He played against the Blackhawks on Oct. 21 and again on Feb. 12 last season, but both games were in Arizona.

Injuries limited Hjalmarsson to 48 games last season and he missed Arizona's only trip to the United Center last season, which came in December.

Watch the video above to see Hjalmarsson's tribute and reaction.