Bucks sign G-F Desmond Mason to multi-year contract
July 23, 2007
MILWAUKEE (TICKER) -- The Milwaukee Bucks added some athleticism to their team Monday, signing swingman Desmond Mason to a multi-year contract extension.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 2001 Slam Dunk Champion, Mason played with the Bucks for two-plus seasons (2003-05). He averaged a career-high 17.2 points in his final campaign with the club, then was traded to the New Orleans Hornets.
"We're happy to welcome Desmond back to Milwaukee," Bucks general manager Larry Harris said. "He was a fan favorite during his first stay and we know our fans are going to love having him back on our team. Adding him to our roster boosts our athleticism, defense and veteran leadership."
Mason, 29, originally was acquired by the Bucks at the trade deadline in February 2003 along with Gary Payton in a deal for sharpshooter Ray Allen.
"We're bringing back a terrific athlete who will immediately improve our defense and overall intensity," Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "But more than that, he wants to be in Milwaukee and wants to play for the Bucks."
Last season, the 6-5 Mason averaged 13.7 points in 75 games with the Hornets. A 2000 first-round pick of Seattle, Mason has career averages of 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 540 games.