AUGUST 4, 11:04am: In a statement released by the team, the Hornets have officially signed Roger Mason.
AUGUST 1, 3:22pm: The Hornets have agreed to terms with Roger Mason on a contract, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). When Mason finalizes his deal, New Orleans will become the 31-year-old's sixth team in his ninth NBA season.
A week ago, we heard that Mason was drawing interest from the Hornets, Thunder, Bulls, and Lakers. The Wizards, Mason's most recent team, also had interest in bringing him back, but the veteran shooter was seeking more than a one-year, minimum-salary deal. Terms of his agreement with the Hornets aren't known, but perhaps he was able to land a multiyear deal or a salary a little above the minimum from the club.
From the Hornets' perspective, Mason provides a little more backcourt depth, joining Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, and Xavier Henry as players that figure to earn shooting guard minutes this season. Rivers and Mason will likely also see time at the point, with last year's starter Jarrett Jack having been dealt to Golden State.