Mason is dealing with a sprained right ankle and has been ruled out for Wednesday's summer league matchup against the Cavaliers, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Mason is coming off an impressive 10-point, 13-rebound double-double Tuesday, though it appears he may have tweaked his ankle during that contest as well. With Mason already being an established NBA player, he has no reason to risk injuring the ankle further in an exhibition outing and will get the night off Wednesday. It wouldn't be surprising if he was ultimately shut down for the rest of summer league, though the Kings are tentatively considering him day-to-day moving forward.
Mason finished with 10 points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 13 assists, one rebound and one block across 26 minutes during Tuesday's 94-80 summer league win over the Grizzlies.
Mason hasn't scored at volume during summer league thus far, but he's been supplying his teammates with good looks. Across six summer league games, he's totaled 64 points, 43 assists, 16 rebounds, seven steals and a block. As the depth chart stands, he should slot in as De'Aaron Fox's backup once again come the beginning of the season.
Mason offered 12 points (5-16 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, one rebound and two steals across 30 minutes during the Kings' 88-78 loss to the Clippers in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Sunday.
Despite draining just 31.2 percent of his shots, Mason managed to join Justin Jackson as the only double-digit scorers for Sacramento. The 2017 second-round pick has mostly been taking advantage of increased playing time, as he averaged 11.7 points, 6.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 32.7 minutes in three games of California Classic Summer League play before arriving in Las Vegas. While his shot hasn't been quite as sharp in the desert (33.0 percent through two games), Mason continues to put in solid work as a facilitator (5.5 assists per contest) and gain valuable seasoning after appearing in 52 games during his rookie campaign.
Mason contributed 16 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), a team-high five assists, four rebounds and three steals across 27 minutes during Tuesday's 71-54 loss to the Warriors.
Through two summer league tilts, Mason has accumulated 32 points, 14 assists and five steals. The 34th overall pick in 2017, Mason showed flashes last season during his 52 appearances and 18.9 minutes per game. Notably, he posted 15 games with double-digit points, 10 games with at least five assists and 23 games with at least one steal.
Mason (heel) has been cleared to play for the Kings' summer league team, Clevis Murray of The Athletic reports.
Mason suffered a slight tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot at the end of last season, but with several months off for rest and recovery, he's back to full strength. That means Mason should be good to go for summer league, where he'll have a chance to shake off the rust and get some added developmental reps. The 24-year-old finished his rookie season as the backup to De'Aaron Fox at point guard, averaging 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists across 18.9 minutes in 52 games.
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