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Former KU star Frank Mason discusses being waived by the Kings, finding a new team

Summer league started on a sour note for former Kansas guard Frank Mason, who was waived July 4 by the Sacramento Kings.

But Mason remains optimistic about his professional career. The Kings agreed to let him stay on their summer league team to help him find a new organization.

Mason was on the sidelines for the Kings’ game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday night but didn’t play due to a lingering hip injury. He told The Star he plans to play in the summer league at some point for the Kings while he tries to find a new team, but he has thus far been limited to practicing without contact.

“Life’s great man,” Mason said. “More opportunities coming soon. My mind’s positive and still working hard.”

Mason averaged 6.8 points per game over two seasons with the Kings while serving as the team’s backup point guard. The Kings selected Mason in the draft after taking former Kentucky guard D’Aaron Fox with their first-round pick. Fox has been one of the league’s best young guards during his two-year career, which gave Mason little wiggle room for an expanded role in Sacramento.

The National Player of the Year in 2017 at KU, Mason should have options despite the league’s depth at point guard because of his track record and youth. His contract situation could be attractive to teams looking to add depth at a low cost.

Kansas coach Bill Self made an appearance in Las Vegas Monday to support some of his former players and said he’s not worried about. Mason’s future

“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.”

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Alex Schiffer has been covering the Missouri Tigers for The Star since October 2017. He came in second place for magazine-length feature writing by the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association in 2018 and graduated from Mizzou in 2017.