UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:15 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal
Roger Mason Jr. will never play a game with the Sacramento Kings. As expected, the team is waiving the veteran small forward who was brought over in a deal with the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst:
Kings officially waived Roger Mason Jr., who they traded for today in deal with Heat— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 20, 2014
Mason will be looking for a new home after surviving the early portion of the year on tenuous deals, and the Kings will continue to plan on giving Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum the playing time that was freed up in the Marcus Thornton deal.
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With the trade deadline approaching, the Miami Heat made a deadline-day deal with the Sacramento Kings, agreeing to trade guard Roger Mason Jr. and cash in exchange for a protected second-round pick:
Sacramento has agreed to acquire Roger Mason Jr. from the Heat, but is expected to waive him, league source says. #howu— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2014
Sacramento will receive cash only -- no picks -- in trade for Roger Mason with Miami. Mason will be waived. @KBergCBS first reported deal— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
ESPN's Marc Stein went on to say that Miami will likely never use the pick involved in this deal due to its highly protected status:
Heat is expected to receive a highly protected SAC second-round pick to complete the swap for Mason that will most likely never be conveyed— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
So, let's recap: Miami just paid a team to take Mason off the books. Not sure how that feels, but it can't be great.
Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick confirmed the report and added that Miami's endgame may be using the newly opened roster spot for someone else who may be bought out:
Heat are currently at shootaround, but can confirm ESPN, CBS reports on Roger Mason, Jr. It's about creating open slot for buyouts.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 20, 2014
There's no official word yet on who Miami might plug into that open spot, but Grantland's Zach Lowe speculated on the possibility of Jason Terry:
Crossing my fingers Sacto buys out JET, and he signs with Miami. Would be so funny. Dirk might kill him.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 20, 2014
Miami won that series, but the rivalry intensified in a Finals rematch in 2011 when Terry was a huge part of Dallas' only championship in franchise history.
Other names are bound to come up as possibilities for Miami, but all we have is speculation for now.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.