After an impressive breakout performance with the Chicago Bulls during the 2011-2012 season, point guard John Lucas III could be looking at multi-year contract offers this offseason, as K.C. Johnson of Chicago Tribune writes. Given the large number of teams holding cap space this year, Johnson thinks teams will be aggressive in pursuing Lucas.
The 29-year-old Lucas spent years riding non-guaranteed contracts as a journeyman before emerging as part of Tom Thibodeau's rotation with Chicago this season while Derrick Rose battled injuries. Over 49 games, Lucas averaged 7.5 PPG and 2.2 APG while shooting 40 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.
While he didn't play nearly as much when Rose and back-up C.J. Watson were both healthy, Lucas was able to shine in a variety of opportunities throughout the season. He scored 20-plus points in four different games, including an unreal 24-point effort against the Miami Heat that featured a game-winning jumper over LeBron James.