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Roger Mason Jr. works out for the Heat

Sep 24, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

Roger Mason Jr. Hornets

When we last heard from Roger Mason Jr., he was planning to run for the players’ union’s presidency, and was even considered likely to be the one to win the job based on several years of experience in dealing with union matters.

That was before LeBron James briefly considered the role, and before Chris Paul ultimately stepped up to take the job.

In addition to Mason not being able to compete with that kind of star power, there was a legitimate concern because he hadn’t yet secured a place on an NBA roster for next season.

Mason is still looking for somewhere to play at this late stage, but at least he got the chance to impress the league’s most high profile team in a recent workout.

From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

With less than a week until the start of training camp, the Miami Heat continue to work through roster possibilities, with veteran guard Roger Mason Jr. the latest to emerge on the team’s workout list.

Even with 13 players under guaranteed contract for 2013-14, and with 18 players already invited to camp, the Heat continue to audition candidates, with journeyman guard Von Wafer among those at recent sessions.

It’s tough to envision the Heat going with Mason or Wafer for one of their last two roster spots, but the one thing they both have in common is that they’re veteran players who would sign up to play for the league minimum salary.

But Miami would be better-served keeping those slots open in case better options become available as the season progresses. Remember, the Heat didn’t retain the services of Chris Andersen until late January, and he ended up being a key contributor for them during the postseason.

Mason appeared in 66 games for New Orleans last year, and averaged 5.3 points in 17.7 minutes per contest, while shooting 41.5 percent from three-point distance.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Hey, free trip to Atlantis! The Cove is sweet.

  2. antistratfordian - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    I’ve never been too keen on Mr. Mason… but I looked him up and noticed his 3PT%.

    He’s tied with Chris Mullin at 73rd in Career Leaders for 3-Pt Field Goal Pct (.3844). That’s not too far from Mr. Battier @ .3867 and it’s more accurate than sharp shooting Germans like Detlef Schrempf (.3843) and Dirk Nowitzki (.3813).

    If he’s working really hard and looks like he’s in great shape then he’s probably worth a gander, I’d reckon. Especially for this team.

    • bougin89 - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Yet less than a 21 year old sharp-shooting Paul George(two seasons ago).

      • antistratfordian - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Mason’s career high in 3PT% is 42.1%. George’s is 38.5% which is about Mason’s career average.

        What was your point again?

      • bougin89 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I was being sarcastic, Roger Mason isn’t a good player. He is a catch and shoot 10th or 11th man that plays in garbage time, most of the time.

      • antistratfordian - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        He is a good three point shooter though and on Miami that can make him a good player. Some games he might seem like a great player if nobody takes him seriously and he drains 7 threes (as he has done before).

      • bougin89 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM


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