O.J. Mayo is Dallas Bound
The Dallas Mavericks have continued a recent flurry of free agency moves with O.J. Mayo reportedly signing a multi-year deal to join the Mavericks.
First broken by both Mayo and Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban via Twitter, the 24-year old point guard is said to be Dallas-bound and could possibly be the Mavericks’ starter at shooting guard next season.
“I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation,” Mayo said via Twitter.
“Welcome to the family OJ. We are fired up !! MFFL Mavs/Mayo Fan For Life !,” Cuban responded shortly thereafter.
A former top-5 overall pick, Mayo was allowed to hit free agency by the Memphis Grizzlies after the team declined to make a $7.4 million qualifying offer to the fourth-year guard. Dallas was roughly $4 million under the cap but details of the deal have not been released and it’s unknown if Mayo will join the Mavericks via sign and trade.
Mayo, who averaged 12.6 points per contest in a reserve role with the Grizzlies last season, will likely have a larger role with a Dallas team featuring only Vince Carter and Dahntay Jones as other possible starters at the two-guard position. As a starter, during his first two seasons in Memphis, Mayo averaged 18 points per game on 45 percent shooting – both stats much higher than those he produced over the previous two seasons in a reserve role.
On the other hand, Mayo could be looked upon to fill former Mav Jason Terry’s role as both a Sixth Man and a player that closes out games in crunch time for Dallas. Regardless, the signing of the versatile Mayo would give the Mavericks plenty of options at both guard positions.
The move to sign Mayo comes after Dallas signing both Chris Kaman and Elton Brand to fortify the frontcourt. Dallas also traded for former Indiana Pacers’ point guard Darren Collsion to presumably be the Mavericks’ starter at that position next season.
It may not be the ultimate prize of Deron Williams, but the Mavericks have done a pretty spectacular job of putting together a deep and talented team seemingly out of thin air.