After Maccabi Tel Aviv signed Jordan Farmar, Hapoel Jerusalem is closer than ever to join the group of teams that signed NBA players.
Former Spur Roger Mason Jr. is most likely to play this season in Israel.
Mason who left Jerusalem in 2005 to play in the NBA, is now likely to return the favor.
“Hapoel knows where I stand, what the situation is and what my financial expectations are, there is more to it than just the money for us to reach a deal.” Mason told Eurobasket.
The Virginia graduate had his best NBA career season in 2008-09 while playing for the San Antonio Spurs.
He averaged 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 82 games for the Spurs during that span.
Last season with the New York Knicks, Mason averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 26 regular season games.
He is discussing a deal with Jerusalem, but is interested in the contract having an opt-out clause.
“I haven’t spoken with my agent today and I’m not aware of any agreement being officially made. Any deal that will be signed will include an NBA out.”