Free agent Desmond Mason won't be returning to the Oklahoma City Thunder next season.
Mason's agent, Roger Montgomery, confirmed to The Associated
Press on Tuesday that talks between the nine-year NBA veteran and
the Thunder had broken down and the two sides wouldn't be agreeing
on a new contract.
Mason had expressed his desire to return to Oklahoma City after
a knee injury forced him to miss the second half of last season.
Montgomery says the two sides weren't able to agree on a role for
Mason, who still wants to make significant contributions instead of
simply being a mentor for younger players.
General manager Sam Presti called it a "difficult decision,"
but said the Thunder wanted to allow Mason to pursue other