The Washington Times - July 1, 2008, 10:42AM

I just talked to Roger Mason Jr.‘s agent, Mark Bartelstein, and he said the Wizards are indeed interested in re-signing the former U.Va. standout. Team management and Bartelstein have had some preliminary discussions, but nothing too intense as of yet.

Bartelstein is in the process of setting up visits around the league for Mason. He has one scheduled so far and expects to have another three or four set up by the end of the day.


Mason, who is entering his fifth season in the NBA, joined the Wizards as a free agent in 2006 but averaged just 2.7 points a game in limited action. He received an offer last summer from the San Antonio Spurs, but decided instead to re-sign with the Wizards, thinking he could benefit from the continuity.

He was right. With Gilbert Arenas injured last season, Mason’s minutes increased. He even started nine games when Antonio Daniels missed time with injuries of his own.

Mason averaged a career-best 9.1 points a game and led the Wizards in 3-point shooting with a .398 clip. As a starter, he averaged 17.4 points a game.

“Obviously Roger has warm feelings toward the Wizards,” Bartelstein said. “But part of this whole free agency thing is seeing what else is out there and weighing all your options.”

The Wizards would like to bring him back, but their backcourt is rather crowded and Mason could elect to go to a team where he has a better chance of starting or at least seeing more consistent minutes.