The Raptors, in a very roundabout way, are going to turn James Johnson into John Lucas III.
According to league sources, Toronto will sign Lucas as the Raptors third point guard as soon as the trade of Johnson to the Sacramento Kings for a second-round draft pick finalized.
Johnson still has to report to the Kings and pass his physical — considered a mere formality now — but until he does and his salary comes off the books to clear cap room the Lucas deal can’t happen.
The same sources that confirmed the deal are also adamant it has no impact on the short-term future of current Raptors guard Jose Calderon.
The Raptors would be happy to have Lucas — a 5-11 30-year-old who averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists per game in 49 games with the Chicago Bulls last season — as a third point guard, able to move up the pecking order in an emergency.
Ben Uzoh, who finished the 2011-12 season on a series of 10-day contracts with the Raptors, filled the third guard role late last season.
Personally I like this signing, Lucas is a veteran and also has the ability to have big nights and stretch the floor.