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.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.