March 7, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Roger Mason (8) celebrates on the court against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 106-101. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
I was mentioning to a friend just earlier how slow it's been on the news front for the Hornets, but now we have something to talk about. The Hornets made an addition to their back court today, although still not someone who can be "classified" as a point guard, with their signing of shooting guard Roger Mason, Jr. Per Yahoo's Marc Spears:
Free agent guard Roger Mason has agreed to terms on a contract with the New Orleans Hornets, a source tells Yahoo! Sports.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 1, 2012
In case anyone remembers, Mason had a particularly strong showing against the Hornets this past season on March 15th shooting 7 for 9 from the field (including 5 for 6 from three point range) in one of the many losses the Hornets had. The addition of Mason, who played last season for his hometown Washington Wizards, gives the Hornets an additional sharpshooter off of the bench. Mason is strictly a three point specialist; that is to say he doesn't do much else when on the court. But he's had his moments in the league. He came to prominence for the San Antonio Spurs in 2009 after shooting over 42 percent from three point range and owns a career shooting percentage of 38.1% from beyond the arc.
With that said, the Hornets were one of the worst three point shooting teams last year. Simply adding that to the team makes for a nice addition.