Utah Jazz: John Lucas III Was Horrible Signing, Only Furthers a Terrible Offseason

By Ryan Heckman


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Do the Utah Jazz ever learn? They’ve gone in the absolute wrong direction this summer.

Losing their top two players in Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap started off the process in a negative manner. The team followed that up by allowing a fellow Western Conference foe — the Golden State Warriors — to get much better by taking on three hideous contracts.

Now they’ve signed point guard John Lucas III to hopefully play in a very limited role in 2013. Even in a limited role, Lucas will prove to be a horrible addition to the team.

Last season with the Toronto Raptors, Lucas averaged 38.6 percent shooting and scored just over five points per game in 13 minutes a night.

The year before featured a much different Lucas on some nights, but the same old guy on others. With the Chicago Bulls, Lucas came in at times and acted as the fire-on offense when the rest of the team couldn’t get anything going. Other times, he could decide to take a multitude of bad shots in his very insignificant amount of playing time.

I think Bulls and Raptors fans would both all agree that Lucas was more of a detriment to the team than anything. In no way, shape or form is he qualified to be a backup point guard. If the Jazz want to use him as a reserve coming off the bench as a third option at the position, I think they will be alright.

However, if Lucas gets any portion of significant time on the court, the Jazz better prepare for the worst. Utah has only furthered their terrible offseason with this signing. I have to say that I’m not surprised at this point.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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