This month didn’t start on the best note for Frank Mason III, who was waived by the Sacramento Kings. His professional career hasn’t taken off yet, but the former Kansas star is optimistic about his future.
Mason entered a tough situation in Sacramento, due to a crowded backcourt that features De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield.
In his rookie season, Mason averaged 7.9 points and 2.8 assists per game. Those numbers dropped during his second year in the NBA.
Sacramento decided to waive Mason this offseason, leaving the former Big 12 Player of the Year searching for a new home. Despite the unfortunate news, he remains positive on his future in the league.
“Life’s great man,” Mason told The Kansas City Star. “More opportunities coming soon. My mind’s positive and still working hard.”
Kansas head coach Bill Self is also taking an optimistic approach to the news involving his former player. He believes Mason could actually benefit from being waived by Sacramento.
“Him getting waived was the best thing ever because he needed to be in a different situation where maybe they weren’t so guard-heavy,” Self said. “He’ll find a team. He’ll be somebody’s backup point guard. It’s a tough situation personally, but he’s really matured through it.”
It sounds like Self is confident that Mason will eventually become a solid role player. After all, he saw him develop under his wing at Kansas for four years.
Hopefully, Mason can find another opportunity in the NBA next season.