Tuesday October 21st, 2014

The Washington Wizards signed point guard John Lucas on Tuesday. CSN Washington reports it is a non-guaranteed, one-year veteran's minimum contract.

Lucas, 31, has played parts of six NBA seasons, most recently making 42 appearances for the Utah Jazz last season. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 assist while shooting 32 percent from the field.

He is the third point guard on the team, joining All-Star John Wall and veteran Andre Miller.

The Wizards backcourt has been hit hard by injuries during training camp. Starting shooting guard Bradley Beal fractured his left wrist and will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery. Glen Rice Jr. is expected to miss the rest of the preseason with an ankle injury.

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Forward Kris Humphries had surgery on his right pinkie finger after cutting it on the rim earlier this month. The team ruled him out for three to four weeks.

Washington finished 44-38 last season and snapped a five-year playoff drought. The Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Indiana Pacers.

The Wizards open the regular season on Oct. 29 against the Miami Heat.

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