Raptors sign free-agent point guard John Lucas III
Chicago Bulls' John Lucas III, (15) dribbles the ball as he slips and falls in the fourth quarter of Game 3 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia, Pa., on Friday, May 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 27, 2012 4:54PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 27, 2012 5:43PM EDT
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors re-signed centre Aaron Gray and added free-agent guard John Lucas III on Friday.
Gray averaged 3.9 points, with 5.7 rebounds and 16.6 minutes in 49 games with the Raptors last season.
The 27-year-old played for the New Orleans Hornets in 2010-11, averaging 3.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 13 minutes.
The seven-foot, 270-pound Gray was a second-round selection of the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA draft.
The 29-year-old Lucas has averaged five points, 1.4 assists and 11.1 minutes in 111 career regular-season games with the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.
In seven career playoff outings, Lucas has averaged 6.1 points, 1.3 assists and 14.6 minutes.
Lucas had career bests in points (7.5), assists (2.2) and rebounds (1.6) in a career-high 49 games with Chicago last season.
The five-foot-11, 165-pound Lucas played overseas from 2007-10 in Italy, Spain and China after two seasons in the NBA with Houston.
Lucas, who played for the Rockets from 2005 to 2007, is the son of John Lucas, Jr., who was taken first overall by Houston in the 1976 NBA draft.