SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have signed free agent guard John Lucas III, who played last season with the Toronto Raptors.
The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 assists in 13.1 minutes in a career-high 63 games last season, his fifth in the NBA.
Lucas, who has also played in Houston and Chicago, has career averages of 5.1 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 11.8 minutes.
The decision to sign Lucas paves the way for overall No. 9 pick of the 2013 draft Trey Burke to claim the starting point guard job from the get go in Salt Lake City. It is the latest in a series of moves signifying that the Jazz are devoting all their resources to developing Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter into a team the club hopes can eventually compete for a championship.
Lucas is the son of former NBA coach and player John Lucas Jr., the No. 1 pick in the 1976 NBA draft.