Lucas III and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey confirmed the impending move to Houston television station KRIV on Saturday.
Lucas III signed a two-year contract with the Rockets before last season, when he averaged 3.3 points in 47 games. He and his dad said they figured his Rockets career was in jeopardy after the team used its first-round draft pick on Oregon guard Aaron Brooks.
“He was basically cut on draft night,” the elder Lucas said. “John is learning a very good lesson. The business of basketball.”
Lucas III was the fourth-leading scorer in Big 12 history when he went undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2005. He had transferred from Baylor after the scandal that grew out of the shooting death of Bears teammate Patrick Dennehy.
“I am a little bit upset, but I prepared myself for it,” Lucas III said. “I kind of wish it would have come a little earlier so I could have had a chance to get somewhere else before the season started.”