Stop the presses. The 2014 NBA Trade Deadline is officially out of control. First reported by Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Miami Heat have agreed to send veteran shooting guard Roger Mason Jr. and cash to the Sacramento Kings. In return, the Heat will get what Berger calls a “highly protected” second-round draft pick.
You have my permission to pick your jaws up off of the floor.
Stepping out of sarcasm, this deal is relatively inconsequential in terms of its immediate effects. Mason has been used sparingly in Miami and Berger also reports that the Kings plan to waive him almost immediately and the protection on the draft pick that the Heat will receive is likely so that the Heat won’t see the pick for quite a while, if ever.
The trade will help out the Heat in terms of the salary cap, though only slightly as Mason Jr. was only making just over $850,000 this season. The move will also help Sacramento save a bit of money after waiving Mason and getting cash in the deal. The primary reasoning for the deal, though, is most likely for the Heat to clear roster space.
As brought up by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Heat likely won’t be looking to add another player via a trade at the deadline, but instead are likely freeing up space on their roster to go after players that will be bought out following the deadline. Considering Mason had appeared in just 25 games and played only 10.4 minutes per game for Miami this season, freeing up roster space by trading him seems like a relatively simply conclusion to land upon.
At 33 years old, Mason could still potentially land somewhere else in the league after being waived by the Kings, though we’ll have to wait on those developments. What’s more interesting to watch out for is what moves the Heat will look to make with their newfound roster spot.