The Utah Jazz have worked out an agreement to sign free agent point guard, John Lucas III. No deal has actually been signed, but the Deseret News is reporting that the impending deal has been agreed upon.
Lucas, 31, most recently played with the Toronto Raptors. Averaging 5.3 ppg and 1.7 apg. The Jazz can remember Lucas from last season because of the video below.
Lucas came into the league in 2005 out of Oklahoma State. He has played for 3 teams since then, including the Raptors, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets.
If the Jazz keep Jerel McNeal, non-guaranteed contract, on the roster, the roster will stand at 13 players.
Signing Lucas gives the Jazz 2 point guards on the roster. Lucas will need to provide a veteran presence in the locker room and also mentor Trey Burke. Lucas will be the primary backup point guard. Jazz fans could also see Alec Burks play some point.
This signing is great for the Jazz franchise and for Jazz fans. I won’t go into much detail because one of our writers, Luke McDermott, wrote a very good article earlier on why you should be excited about this season. You can find that article by clicking on the following link. http://purpleandblues.com/2013/07/16/calling-all-utah-jazz-fans-lets-get-excited/
For those who don’t really know who John Lucas III is, here is a video showing some highlights from him when he was in Chicago. He had a very good game against the Miami Heat.
The deal has been agreed on, but has not been signed. Expect a deal to be finalized later on this week.