Since the Miami Heat added him as the third point guard this summer, Roger Mason Jr. has seen limited time in the regular season.
During that time, however unspectacular, he has been solid. He plays within the system, as opposed to a Nate Robinson-type. He makes the passes to his star-studded teammates and takes the shots that are open. Mason fits in nicely, but that doesn’t mean he is a lock to finish out the season in Miami after this Friday’s deadline when contracts become guaranteed.
From the Miami Herald:
But Spoelstra was noncommittal when asked whether Mason will be with the team past the deadline, and Mason has been given no assurances. “We’ll see what happens,” Spoelstra said.
“We don’t take him for granted,” Spoelstra said. “Roger is gaining more confidence with each game he plays with our system. Those kind of guys are hard to find. To be able to understand the big picture and be available when we need him and to be able to produce and to not be cluttered in the mind. I think a lot of teams would love to have a guy like him.”
Mason Jr., 33-years-old, is averaging 3.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting 11.2 minutes per game. Of the other signings Miami made this offseason—Greg Oden and Michael Beasley—he is the one that is not the project.
Michael Beasley is in the same situation, but with his major contributions so far this season, is safe. With many players likely (and already) hitting the waiver wire, it will be interesting to see if Miami thinks it can “trade up” from Mason Jr.