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Nets, Grizzlies continuing pursuit of Mayo trade

Jan 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

O. J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo is moving past last season’s disaster which featured a fist fight on a plane with a teammate, a suspension for PEDs, and the first benching of his since he started playing basketball at the competitive level. He’s played well on and off ball, has been more coachable and has rediscovered his scoring knack.

So naturally, the Grizzlies are looking to trade him.

After talks earlier in the week reported by Yahoo Sports with the Nets, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal is reporting the talks have continued and include multiple offers:

The Nets are interested in acquiring Mayo for salary-cap reasons as they try to clear room to make a run at Orlando center Dwight Howard in the offseason. With that in mind, the Nets have offered fourth-year guard Anthony Morrow for Mayo.

The Nets have also offered point guard Jordan Farmar, a draft pick and cash in a separate package for Mayo.

via Grizzlies talking to Nets about O.J. Mayo trade » The Commercial Appeal.

Morrow fits a great need for the Grizzlies, who have struggled mightily with perimeter shooting. He’s young and on a reasonable contract. A move for Morrow would be pretty reasonable.

The Grizzlies also need a backup point guard as Jeremy Pargo is growing through expected growing pains. But Farmar has a limited ceiling and his relative value isn’t equal to that of Mayo, even with the pick (and the cash).

It’s clear that Mayo’s improved play has not convinced the Grizzlies to keep him. He’s due for his big payday coming off his rookie deal and with huge contracts paid to Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and Zach Randolph, there’s just not room. Getting something for him is important. But you would think there would be better pieces than supporting players one one of the truly worst teams in the league. But Morrow at least has good scoring ability and length. We’ll see if they pull the trigger.

  1. sndvl99 - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Due for a “Big Payday”?!? Based on what?

    • memphismiracle - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      Based on Joe Dumars, David Kahn, Otis Smith, Billy King and a handful of other general managers and owners acting as general managers. “Oh, OJ Mayo is a free agent? We should definitely sign him to a 4 year 40 million dollar contract.”

      • bighurc89 - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        Excuse me, but when has David Kahn EVER given out a deal close to that?! Sure he gave Pekovic & Milicic more money than they’ve oroven to be worth, but those were even small deals. If anything he has spent TOO little in trying to find a REAL scorer at SG. I honestly don’t know why he hasn’t dangled Wes Johnson yet for an O.J. Mayo, Nick Young, or Kevin Martin type of SG.

  2. bparmalee - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    For the past few years… during the season and off season.. we hear “The Grizzlies are going to trade OJ Mayo”. My Pacers had even “acquired” him once this off season after trying to get him the year before. I will believe they are going to trade Mayo when I see him turning the ball over in another uniform. To paraphrase Glengarry Glen Ross..The Grizzles GM is crazy and just likes talking to salesmen.

  3. knicks4life - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Nets should trade deron Williams 4 Oj mayo, mike Conley ,,marreese sprieghts and a Memphis first round pick

    • Josh Perez - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      How about NJ trade DWill to the Magic for DHoward, JRichardson, the Amway Center, the rights to Mickey and 2 chilly dogs?

  4. cluelessdufus - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    this might be a place for deron i mean trade him for conley,mayo,2 first round picks, tony allen

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