Miami Heat Rumors: How John Lucas Can End Up in a Heat Uniform

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJuly 23, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 11:  John Lucas III #15 of the Chicago Bulls brings the ball up the court against the Washington Wizards at the United Center on January 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Wizards 78-64. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat will be looking for an additional man in the backcourt in John Lucas III.  Miami has contacted the free agent point guard, according to ESPN

With the Chicago Bulls, Lucas averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists in 49 games.  Against the Heat, he had a 24-point game in a victory. 

However, many remember Lucas for being the guy who LeBron James dunked over in this alley-oop clip.  The Heat may want another option after Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole.  Miami has already added Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to the roster this offseason.

If Chalmers or Cole were to go down for significant time, Lucas could be a guy who would be a proven scorer. 

Then again, if Lucas were to replace Cole as the second option at point guard, this could be a bad move.  It wouldn't be in Miami's best interest to replace the development of Chalmers and Cole as the first and second option.

Lucas would still need to develop as a point guard with better ball-handling.  He's not a guy who can dish the ball out like Chalmers and Cole.  For those purposes, Miami shouldn't really look into him too much.

However, if he's a mere third option, there isn't much risk involved.  He wouldn't get big minutes, but if needed, Lucas could provide points.  He will have to work on getting the other guys involved, however.  He won't be in Miami to go for 25 points a game, obviously.

Also, you will have to wonder how LeBron James and Lucas will act as teammates.  There didn't seem to be much love between the two guys after last season's Bulls-Heat games. 

What Lucas hasn't been is consistent.  Since 2007, he has bounced around the D-League, Europe, China and the Chicago Bulls. 

He can definitely shoot well from long range, however.  Lucas shot 40 percent from downtown last season.  With guys like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, Lucas will have his opportunities to get open and nail some shots.

Even though the Heat have a championship-stacked team at the moment, there are a few roster spots open.  Is Lucas the guy for the job?  It really depends on what position the Miami Heat want him to be in. 

As a secondary option, there is no need for him.  If Miami wants him to be a third guy for safety precautions, he could be a nice fit.