NBA Free Agency 2012: John Lucas III Close To Signing With Raptors, According To Report

May 6, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bulls guard John Lucas III (15) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand (42) and guard Louis Williams (23) during the second quarter of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

It looks like you can cut the Washington Wizards' choices for a backup point guard down a notch. John Lucas III, a reported target of Wizards' GM Ernie Grunfeld, is on the verge of signing with the Toronto Raptors, according to a report by ESPN's Marc Stein. It appears that it would be a multi-year deal, though the terms are unclear.

Another possible option in Ronnie Price is also off the board, as he's slated to sign a two-year deal with the Portland Blazers, according to Alex Kennedy.

I'm not personally upset about losing Lucas III or Price, since I was skeptical of their ball-dominant ways fitting in with the Wizards' style, but I am worried about the position given Shelvin Mack's struggles in Summer League. (Note: I have yet to watch the final game, will be doing so tonight). I had previously been agnostic about needing to upgrade the position, but I've also seen very little development from Mack since then. In the grand scheme of things, backup point guard isn't that important, but it could make a difference in a couple games, and that's enough to make or break a playoff push.

What's left? Good question. Randy Foye is still available, but he's not really a point guard. I like A.J. Price's game, but he's really fallen off the map shooting-wise over the past couple years. Jeremy Pargo is on the trade block, but he's really out of control. There are plenty of guys floating around in Summer League, but how much better are they than Mack? It's definitely slim pickings.

Nevertheless, maybe it's worth signing somebody to at least provide Mack with some competition.

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