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O.J. Mayo unrestricted free agent, Boston Celtics interested

Jun 29, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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O.J. Mayo is on the open market.

Memphis made qualifying offers to Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur — they can now match any offers other teams make to those two — but chose not to make a similar offer to Mayo, tweets the Commercial Appeal.

That makes the four-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Any team can bid on his service and the Grizzlies have no right to match.

Already Mayo is drawing interest from the Boston Celtics, reports A. Sherrod Blakey at The Celtics tried to get him at the trade deadline, they will make a run at him again.

There are a couple reasons Mayo was let walk by the Griz.

One is fit on the court — Mayo has not been bad in Memphis but he has struggled being the third or fourth option behind Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and sometimes Marc Gasol or Mike Conley. Mayo averaged 12.6 points per game last year but shot just 40.8 percent, with a PER pretty much at the league average of 14.8. Memphis tried bringing Mayo off the bench, but he never could find a groove. In a different setting, different system he could be more comfortable and produce more.

The other is money — if Speights and Arthur accept their qualifying offers the Grizzlies just crawl over the luxury tax line. If Mayo accepted his Grizzlies would be way over. And this is not a franchise that wants to pay the tax.

  1. sknut - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I think the T-Wolves will also be interested as well.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      And POR, IND and maybe PHX

    • stoudemelo - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      He’s not white.

      Their goal is an all white line up.

      • scalfor3 - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        right. cause kg, pierce, rondo, bradley etc are white. dumbass

  2. itsthemelman82 - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Damn! Had to happen when the Bulls have no cap room. That sucks

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Yep. I’ve been secretly wishing they would pick Mayo up for the last year or so. He’d be a great compliment to Rose at the 2. When the bulls resign Asik, they’re going to be just over the cap and they don’t want to go much over, so I don’t see it happening. Unless the bulls can swing a trade to free up some cap space, it won’t happen unfortunately.

      • itsthemelman82 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        Exactly, aren’t really too many moves that can be made. I was thinking maybe if Denver was willing to take on extra salary (probably not) they could send Rip there for Rudy Fernandez. It would open a couple million in cap room. Those are the only kind moves that they can make at this point.

  3. jjordannba - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Celtics, go to work

  4. cosanostra71 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Clippers should look into it if they have space, which I have no idea if they do. He is similar to Nick Young, but I think he is slightly better. Would be cool to have him back in LA.

  5. knightrider1755 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Billy King, get on the phone!

    • theoleboy - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      You know if Billy King was interested, he would have already offer Mayo a 6 year 190 Million dollar deal. No matter the cap consequences.

  6. ezwriter69 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    He is what he is, which is exactly what he was as a junior in high school, a below average shooter who wants to shoot every time he touches the ball. Ego > talent by a mile, and his total lack of improvement and development means there is no up side, this is the best he will ever be. Attitude, work ethic, or just not that talented, who knows why, but the dude just hasn’t gotten any better.

  7. blueblood86 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Just resign Gerald Green and Bass.
    They need a PF or Center and mayo is not the answer.

    • stoudemelo - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      Gerald Green hasn’t played for the Celtics in years. Jeff Green has though.

  8. j0esixpack - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I would think KG will be very interested in knowing the Celtics personnel plans – and vice versa.

  9. passerby23 - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    I don’t know if replacing Ray Allen with Mayo makes the Celtics better or not. Certainly they would be adding a younger, more athletic player. You would expect him to buy in with the veterans the Celtics have. If they re-sign Bass and Jeff Green, KG decides to come back, get a healthy Avery Bradley back, and develop their draft picks, you have to think the Celtics are deeper and better than this year.

    They would also likely be able to get Mayo for cheaper and still be able to sign another free agent. There are a lot of big “ifs” for Boston, but if they could pull it off, they are in the mix again.

  10. southpaw77 - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    1. Suns- run with Nash, they need a SF bad.
    2. Celtics- Ray Allen is pretty much gone so they need a younger shooting guard.
    3. Cavs- Had they not drafted Waiters, this woulda been a no brainer, even still Waiters can slide to his bench role like he did at Syracuse. Lol.
    4. Wolves- Need a SG badly.
    5. Mavericks- With Jason Terry probably walking they need a younger SG.

  11. southpaw77 - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Meant the Suns need a shooting guard, Redd was a rental and Shannon Brown is a bench player.

  12. sdb74 - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Pacers will go hard after Mayo.

  13. capo26 - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    why arent the Hornets interested in him??? Tim Floyed and Jeff Van Gundy said he’s better at point guard! He’s a combo-guard (scoring pg) to the T!!! He, Gordon, Davis….sounds great! plus we got plenty $ to sign free agents!!!

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