The NBA season is getting ready to start later next month and with training camps and the preseason right around the corner, teams are trying to shore up the end of their rosters and that is why the Miami Heat may bring in Roger Mason Jr. for a workout for training camp.
According to Pro Basketball Talk, the Miami Heat have put Mason on their list of players to work out and while the team doesn't have much space to add, he could be a cheap bench veteran option. The report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says that the Heat already have 13 players on guaranteed contracts and 18 players that will have the chance to come to camp and now Mason could be one of those after he didn't get much interest elsewhere.
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Mason was in the news about being a possible new union president and now he may join a player that spoke about that possibility as well in LeBron James. Mason would fit into what the Heat likes to do with free agents, snagging veterans on the cheap with desires to play with James or for a championship and he comes after a long line of names like Chris Andersen, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Shane Battier and many more.
The Heat will need more depth this season after they were tested in that area by both the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs. While the Heat won both of those series, it showed that they can be matched up with as long as the other team has solid depth and with two championships down and a third possibly coming, the Heat knows that the East will be even tougher this season.
Not that winning last year was easy, but the Indiana Pacers were without Danny Granger, the Chicago Bulls were without Derrick Rose and the Brooklyn Nets did not make their franchise changing trade. The East will look quite different this season and while Miami will still be one of the top teams, they will have plenty of competition.
Mason had solid stats last season while playing in over 60 games for the Hornets, averaging just over five points per game while playing in just under 17 minutes per contest and while he is not an elite scorer or shooter, his depth could be invaluable come playoff time. The Heat may add even more heading into camp and they will have plenty to look at when camp begins and they go for their third straight title and fourth straight finals appearance.