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Report: Jazz to sign John Lucas

Jul 15, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey talks with guard John Lucas III during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills

If the Jazz are Riggin’ for Wiggins – and by letting two of their top players (Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson) leave in free agency and trading for hefty contracts (Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and, to a lesser degree, Brandon Rush) just to get draft picks, it sure seems like they are – they’ll still need to fill out their roster.

Oh, hey, John Lucas.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Lucas, a 5-foot-11 point guard who averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 assists per game for the Raptors last season, won’t win the Jazz any games and therefore won’t hurt their lottery odds. So, great signing right off the bat.

Developing Trey Burke is still Utah’s top priority at point guard, but the growth of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter is also important. Lucas, a capable NBA point guard, will allow Favors and Kanter minutes in a viable offense while Burke is on the bench. Without a player like Lucas, the Jazz’s offense could have turned haphazard while Burke rests, those minutes turning worthless in terms of Favors’ and Kanter’s development.

Tanking is about losing a lot of games, but the teams that tank best also develop their young players in the process. Lucas should help Utah do the latter without preventing the former.

  1. bigx21 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    What?? Trey Burke, Lucas and Mo Will all going for starters??

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Since nobody will comment on this post, I will..

    Nobody cares.

    • anandrao2014 - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      He was actually a solid scorer as a 3rd string PG back in Chicago

    • badintent - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      you on a roll. Time to stop thinking and start drinking. Heavy.
      John Lucas had a nice season for Raps coming off the bench , was a decent piece of the better second half the team had.Shot the three well in the fourth and didn’t turn ball over.Good passer, will get better with more minutes if available

  3. nandaramesh - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Well, here is one comment… and from someone who does care!

    Anyway, good pick up. I dont agree though that Jazz are looking to tank for draft position.
    They never do that and I certainly hope they wont this year either. The core of young players are pretty good and they should be close to the 8th 7th spot this year too. The main issue last year and which will be this year too is coaching. I hope Ty will be better and make them win those close ones….

    • boltokmymaster - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      They will not even be close to getting the 8th or 7th spot. With their roster, they’re setting themselves up for a nice lottery pick. #SuckforWiggins

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      They are rebuilding. Why else would they take on those awful Biedrins and Richard Jefferson contracts?

  4. bigmeechy74 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I care because he was my favorite all time college player. That 2004 Oklahoma St team should’ve won it all. They played their worst game of the year in the final 4 and the dream died on a buzzer beater by Will Bynum :(

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