NBA free agency: John Lucas III commits to Jazz, according to report


It looks like the Jazz have a backup for rookie point guard Trey Burke.

Free agent point guard John Lucas III will likely sign with the Utah Jazz this week after notifying other suitors he's committed to the team,'s Marc Stein reports. A deal between the two sides isn't done yet but could be "on course to be sealed" before the end of the week.

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A fringe NBA player before breaking out with the Chicago Bulls during the 2011-12 season, Lucas likely joins the Jazz on an affordable short-term deal. After acquiring Trey Burke during last month's draft, the Jazz can roll out Lucas as a backup point guard and bench scorer.

Signed by the Toronto Raptors to a one-year deal last season, Lucas appeared in 63 games for the club. Stuck as the third-string point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon for much of the year, he averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 assists per game.

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