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Mason played in college at Oklahoma State and spent time with the Hornets franchise in Oklahoma City when it was relocated after Hurricane Katrina.
"We're excited," said Mason's agent, Roger Montgomery. "He's been to Oklahoma City, he's familiar with the people there, he's familiar with the Ford Center, he's played there, the fans loved him when he was there. His nickname is the Cowboy. It's really apropos to come back."
Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti sees the basketball benefits.
"We understand that it's a unique opportunity here specifically but we've got to do the best thing for our basketball team, and we feel like the best thing for our basketball team is to add some toughness and some intangibles defensively for us at that position," Presti said. "It just seemed like the right fit for us."
For the Bucks, it's the next step in an offseason facelift by Hammond. Milwaukee fired coach Larry Krystkowiak after going 26-56 last season and replaced him with Scott Skiles.
The Bucks then sent Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons to New Jersey in exchange for Jefferson on draft night and added forward Joe Alexander with the eighth pick.
Milwaukee also signed guard Tyronn Lue and forward Malik Allen in an effort to bolster what has been one of the league's worst defenses.
Griffin averaged 1.9 points in minimal playing time after going to Seattle from Chicago in a midseason trade.
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