The Sacramento Kings continued to retool their roster as the NBA trade deadline approached, shipping a highly protected second-round pick to the Miami Heat for guard Roger Mason Jr.
Don’t get too excited about the addition, however; the Kings are expected to waive Mason, meaning the pick will never change hands, according to ESPN.com.
Miami wanted an open roster spot and the Kings were willing to facilitate that. But after adding Jason Terry and Reggie Evans in a deal that sent Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets, the Kings would have had to waive a player to make room for Mason on the roster.
It appears that, instead, they will simply waive Mason and save the headaches.
The 33-year-old Mason was a second-round pick by the Bulls out of Virginia in 2002 and is the embodiment of the journeyman NBA player.
Mason has played for the Bulls, Raptors, Wizards, Spurs, Knicks, Hornets and Heat in a 10-year NBA odyssey and also played abroad in both Greece and Israel.
His best season came in San Antonio in 2008-09, when he started 71 games for the Spurs and averaged 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 42.5 percent overall and 42.1 percent from 3-point range in 30.4 minutes per game.
With the Heat this season, Mason played in only 25 games—starting two—and averaged three points in 10.4 minutes a game.