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Wizards to sign John Lucas III, according to report

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The Wizards will add the veteran guard to their backcourt in the absence of Bradley Beal.

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After Bradley Beal's injury against the Charlotte Hornets earlier in preseason, the Wizards knew something needed to be done about their backcourt depth. Today, it looks like they will fill their final roster spot with veteran guard John Lucas III, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Lucas III, 31, has played on four NBA teams in six seasons, most recently with the Utah Jazz last season. He has career averages of 4.8 points and 1.4 assists per game.

Once this signing gets finalized, it will be an interesting pick up for the Wizards, seeing as their need for a shooting specialist is the number one priority at the moment. Lucas III has never made more than 57 three-pointers in an NBA season. But Lucas III has succeeded as a lead guard for the Chicago Bulls and is proficient running pick and roll to score, so he should provide some ball-handling to ease John Wall and Andre Miller's loads.

UPDATE: The deal is non-guaranteed, according to CSN Washington's J Michael.