Utah Jazz officially sign free agent guard John Lucas III

Published: Monday, July 22 2013 3:56 p.m. MDT

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, left, and Toronto Raptors guard John Lucas III fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in San Antonio. On Monday the Jazz officially announced that Lucas has signed a free agent contract for the 2013-14 season.

Bahram Mark Sobhani, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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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.

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