MILWAUKEE (AP) -Desmond Mason is back with the Milwaukee Bucks, signing a two-year deal that allows him to return to the city he loves.

Mason, who reacted angrily when the Bucks traded him in 2005, said in a news conference Monday that he had put his differences with Bucks general manager Larry Harris behind him and was happy to be back in Milwaukee - a city he and his family grew to love during his first stint with the team.

Mason, 29, played in 75 games for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets last season averaging 13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists. In his two year stint with the Hornets Mason averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds.

In his first term with Milwaukee, Mason averaged 15.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. 2004-05 marked his best season ever when he averaged 17.2 points.

A standout star in basketball and track at Waxahachie High School, he went on to lead his Oklahoma State University team to the NCAA playoffs and then was selected in the first round by Seattle in the 2000 NBA draft.

Mason will be welcomed with open arms into the Milwaukee community. While there before he partnered with the St. Michael Hospital Community Foundation Peace Program to assist in educating school children on the importance of managing conflict in non-violent ways.

He also was active in the art community with several art shows with the proceeds going to benefit the St. Michael Hospital Foundation.