The Wizards are close to bringing back District native Roger Mason Jr. Players are unable to reach oral or written deals with teams until the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified but Mason is set to have his second run with his hometown team, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.
One person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions, said on Wednesday that Mason is expected to join the team for the first day of training camp on Friday. The deal is expected to be for one year at the veteran minimum.
Mason received interest from Boston, Golden State, New Orleans and the Los Angeles Lakers but said last week that the Wizards were “definitely at the top of my list.” His presence is not expected to affect the Wizards’ interest in retaining restricted free agent Nick Young, according to a source. The has already extended Young a qualifying offer and he is the projected starter at shooting guard next season.
Mason, 31, is expected to provide veteran leadership to a team that has just one player older than 26 on the roster. He already displayed his interest before speaking with the Wizards, as he organized workouts with trainer Joe Connelly and other players at Capitals Sports Complex in District Heights and later at Verizon Center.
Mason averaged just 2.9 points in 26 games last season with the New York Knicks but he is a career 38 percent shooter from beyond the three-point line.