The Oklahoma City Thunder have been pretty quiet this summer in terms of free agency. They had three roster spots open up with Derek Fisher, Nazr Mohammed and Royal Ivey’s contracts being up and they filled them pretty quickly.
The Thunder drafted Perry Jones then signed Hasheem Thabeet and undrafted rookie Hollis Thompson.
The Thunder may not be done yet this offseason and could be interested in signing another player. According to the Washington Post, the Thunder have expressed interest in Roger Mason, Jr.
While the Thunder do have 15 players on the roster right now, they could still sign another and move someone down to the D-League during the season.
Mason is a player that can find his way on to any team because he is a great spot-up shooter and career .381 percent 3-point shooter. Mason played 52 games for the Washington Wizards last season and averaged 5.5 points per game, made 1.1 threes per game and was .383 percent from beyond the arc.
Surrounding the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden with shooters is always a good idea. Daequan Cook plays that role now and does a pretty good job of it. Thompson was a very good shooter in college for Georgetown but it is unknown yet if he will be able to play right away in the NBA while Mason is already an established veteran.
Mason has said that he does not want to sign another 1-year deal for a minimum salary and that’s something that may make the Thunder stay away from him as they are interested in trying to save as much cap as possible to try and keep Harden and Serge Ibaka long-term.
The new direction of the league is going smaller with more versatile players on the floor surrounded by a lot of shooters. That’s what the Miami Heat are doing and adding a guy like Mason could be a good move for OKC.