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How U! Roger Mason signs on with Miami Heat

Sep 27, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

Roger Mason Jr. Hornets

Miami is always on the lookout for veterans they think they can bring on a minimum deal they think can help the team.

Apparently Roger Mason fits that bill as he can still knock down the three ball (41.5 percent from deep last season).

Mason announced he has signed with the Heat on twitter.

Mason, 33 and best known recently for his front and center role with the union during the lockout, played last season with the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) giving them nearly 18 minutes and 5.3 points a game. The Hornets offense was better when he was on the court last season but their defense struggled (the season before in Washington he played some good defense).

With Mike Miller amnestied the Heat need other guys who can play a limited role, walk in and knock down shots. Mason can do that and might be as good a fit for them as there was on the open market.

This is a make-good deal — there are no guarantees, he will have to make the roster. The Heat have 13 guaranteed deals on the roster plus a handful of non-guaranteed deals such as Jarvis Varnado, Larry Drew II and Justin Hamilton (among others). One or two of the non-guaranteed players likely make the final roster.

  1. antistratfordian - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I like it. Another great three point shooter to surround the triumvirate with.

    Another interesting thing about Mason is that his long jumper has proven fairly accurate as well. Last year he shot 51.9% from 16ft to 23ft – and in previous years typically in the 41-46% range. (this is a shot he’s taken with some regularity and it can be seen as a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how much of a nerd you are)

    Mike Miller rarely shot long twos and when he did the results generally weren’t pretty.

  2. zoomy123 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    My goodness, Miami has the deepest bench I’ve ever seen. Norris Cole, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Birdman, Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Roger Mason Jr. Pat Riley is an evil genius and Spoelstra is his brain child.

    • kingbeason52 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Miami does look good..but Cole is streaky…Ray is solid but old with limited minutes, Shane is good in situations (flopping and solid defense), Greg Oden-who knows?, Beasley-yet to be determined, Birdman is decent due to the product around him, and Roger Mason wont be much of a a basketball fan this should be a fun season..

      • zoomy123 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        Cole is streaky, but clutch. Ray Allen was old with limited minutes last year and that didn’t stop him from being effective. Besides flopping, hustling, and playing good defense, Shane is also a 3 point specialist. Greg Oden doesn’t have to do anything but make lay ups and dunks off passes from D-Wade + LBJ, fight for rebounds, and play defense. Birdman is decent? At one point in the playoffs he hit like 17 straight shots, he plays defense and he hustles. He’s a little more than “decent.” And Mason and Beasley are their to stretch the floor to open up driving lanes for Wade + LBJ.

    • biasedhomer - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Out of all those, only Anderson, Allen, and Battier are the only noteworthy players.

      Cole is nothing special, can easily be replaced by a undrafted free agent. Oden has done absolutely nothing in the past 3 years. Beasley is garbage, wasting his talent by being stupid. And Mason Jr is an alright 3 point specialist, although Mike Miller is better.

  3. gofinsgoheatfloria - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I’m curious who others here think have the best chance to make the roster out of the non-guaranteed guys.

    • miamatt - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I think Beasley will make the team, along with Jarvis Varnado. If not Varnado I think Roger Mason Jr. makes it.

      I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see some shuffling of the deck after the season is in progress as I doubt Miami keeps both players at the deadline for non-guaranteed contracts to become guaranteed. Maybe Mason and Beasley make it, and then Varnado is an option to come back if they can move Joel Anthony’s contract in-season. But Riley will be looking for an updgrade among mid-season player cuts if he can find one.

      Greg Oden’s health throughout the season will also factor into what the end of Miami’s bench looks like come April.

  4. starvingardens - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    All I can do is just laugh and say… This could have been you DeShawn Stevenson! Too bad you had to run your mouth at the leagues best player when he was coming up. Haha.

    Congrats Mase!

  5. abxyer - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Can the Heat’s bench get any deeper?????

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