National Basketball Association News
Mason back with the Bucks
Jul 23, 2007, 16:55 GMT
Milwaukee, WI - Less than two years after being traded to the New Orleans Hornets, Desmond Mason is returning to Milwaukee.
The Bucks inked the former Oklahoma State star to a multi-year contract Monday as they attempt to add depth at small forward. Bobby Simmons' status is still uncertain following an injury-plagued 2006-2007 season.
The 29-year old swingman has apparently reconciled with Bucks general manager Larry Harris, who he reportedly called a 'snake in the grass' following his October 2005 trade.
'We're happy to welcome Desmond back to Milwaukee,' said Harris. 'He was a fan favorite during his first stay and we know our fans are going to love having him back on the team. Adding him to our roster boosts our athleticism, defense and veteran leadership. And in addition to his basketball abilities, we look forward to what he will bring back to the Milwaukee community.'
Mason is coming off a season in which he started 75 games for New Orleans / Oklahoma City, averaging 13.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. If not for a late-season fractured cheek sustained in a collision with Seattle's Chris Wilcox, he may have started all 82 games.
Mason spent the better part of three seasons with the Bucks following a 2003 trade from Seattle, which also briefly brought Gary Payton to Milwaukee. Prior to the 2006 trade to the Hornets for Jamaal Magloire, Mason played in 145 games for the Bucks, starting 130. His relationship with Michael Redd, among other current Bucks, outweighed any lingering resentment he may have for Harris.
This off-season, the Hornets drafted Kansas small forward Julian Wright and signed swingman Morris Peterson away from Toronto, opening the door for Mason to sign elsewhere.
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