Miami Heat invite free agent Roger Mason Jr. to camp

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat added to their guard depth by inviting veteran Roger Mason Jr. to camp, and he has a good shot at making the opening day roster.

Roger Mason Jr. announced on Twitter on Friday that he has joined the Miami Heat just as training camps tip off across the NBA. Though the Heat are sitting above the 15-man roster limit, Mason Jr. could very well make the squad.

Mason Jr., who is the National Basketball Players Association vice president, is joining Miami on a non-guaranteed contract, reports the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman.

Hot Hot Hoops: More on the Heat

Miami is especially thin at shooting guard and could use the nine-year veteran behind the injury-prone Dwyane Wade and 38-year-old Ray Allen. Mason Jr. was last with the New Orleans Hornets and in decent minutes off the bench averaged 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 2012-13. Stretching the floor and allowing LeBron James to find spot-up shooters is a big part of the Heat's offense, and Mason Jr.'s career 38 percent accuracy from three-point range fits into that mold.

As of now, Miami has a 19-man roster and with 13 guaranteed spots. Former first-round pick Michael Beasley is on a non-guaranteed, make-good contract and big man Jarvis Varnado will have a partially guaranteed deal if he's not cut before the season.

Mason Jr. could be fighting for a spot with rookie point guard Larry Drew II, swingman Eric Griffin and center Justin Hamilton, all of whom have been invited to the Heat's training camp.

More from SB Nation NBA:

The man who makes NBA scrubs into YouTube superstars

Ziller: The best (potential) regional rivalries

DeMarcus Cousins signs $62 million extension

Finally, the blue raspberry flavored mouthpiece

Bizarre revelations from the original NBA Jam game

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.