Roger Mason Jr. Reportedly Agrees to Contract with Miami Heat

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2013

Roger Mason Jr. lost out on the presidency of the NBA Players Union, and it's possible that his election defeat compromised his faith in democracy.

Why else would he be signing up to play under King James? Oh, right, the chance to win a championship. I guess that's a pretty good reason too.

He announced the news on his Twitter account.

Mason, a nine-year veteran, will give the Miami Heat yet another three-point sniper on the perimeter. The team made things official shortly after Mason's announcement.

To call him a specialist is to put it mildly. In each of the past four seasons, more than half of Mason's shot attempts have come from long range.

And he almost never scores at the rim.

His limitations won't bother the Heat, though, as they continue to plug in veterans to help space the floor for LeBron James. Chances are Mason will fit in well with Shane Battier, Ray Allen and James Jones.

Keep in mind that making the team might not be a sure thing for the 6'5" guard. According to Ira Winderman of the Sun-SentinelMiami's training camp roster now sits at a bloated total of 19 players.

It might take more than a little veteran savvy and the occasional triple for Mason to impress coach Erik Spoelstra.

More than anything, Mason's camp invite is a nice "How do you like me now?" for the critics who scoffed at his potential union presidency back in August. 

He's never been a star, but he competes on defense and has knocked down 38 percent of his career three-point attempts. Guys like that don't often have to beg for jobs.

Mason will continue to have a role in the union, though, as he earned a position as first vice president. Jones, his new teammate, holds the spot as secretary-treasurer. So maybe Miami's decision to sign him has as much to do with its desire to have a powerful voice in negotiations with the owners as it does with adding a bit more shooting to its rotation.

Either way, Mason will be a solid influence on the Heat's young players (Michael Beasley, in particular) and should have a real shot to make the team.

And, really, joining the championship-chasing Heat is probably a better career move than replacing Derek Fisher as union president. Remember, only one of those positions comes with a free trip to the Bahamas as part of the deal.